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Releasd: January 6, 1976

Rating: 4.000 (average of 2 ratings)

Genre: jazz/pop

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Breezin’
  2. This Masquerade
  3. Six to Four
  4. Affirmation
  5. So This Is Love?
  6. Lady


sales in U.S. only 3 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 2
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • This Masquerade (5/29/76) #10 US, #3 RB, #6 AC. Airplay: 2 million
  • Breezin’ (10/16/76) #63 US, #55 RB, #13 AC. Airplay: 1 million


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

George Benson
“All of a sudden, George Benson became a pop superstar with this album, thanks to its least representative track. Most of Breezin’ is a softer-focused variation of Benson’s R&B/jazz-flavored CTI work, his guitar as assured and fluid as ever with Claus Ogerman providing the suave orchestral backdrops and his crack then-working band (including Ronnie Foster on keyboards and sparkplug Phil Upchurch on rhythm guitar) pumping up the funk element” (Ginell).

“Yet it is the sole vocal track (his first in many years), Leon Russell’s This Masquerade – where George unveiled his new trademark, scatting along with a single-string guitar solo – that reached number ten on the pop singles chart and drove the album all the way to number one on the pop (!) LP chart” (Ginell).

“The attractive title track also became a minor hit single, although Gabor Szabo’s 1971 recording with composer Bobby Womack is even more fetching” (Ginell).

“In the greater scheme of Benson’s career, Breezin’ is really not so much a breakthrough as it is a transition album; the guitar is still the core of his identity” (Ginell).

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Last updated May 30, 2008.