Give Me the Night (George Benson song)

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"Give Me the Night"
Give me the night by george benson single US-made front.png
Variant for US, UK and Italian 7-inch singles, similar to cover art of the parent album of the same name
Single by George Benson
from the album Give Me the Night
B-side"Dinorah, Dinorah"
ReleasedJune 1980[1]
  • 3:41
  • 3:50 (commercial 7-inch)
  • 4:58 (album)
  • 5:03 (12-inch alternate mix)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Rod Temperton
Producer(s)Quincy Jones
George Benson singles chronology
"Hey Girl"
"Give Me the Night"
"Love X Love"
Music video
"Give Me the Night" on YouTube

"Give Me the Night" is a song recorded by American jazz and R&B musician George Benson, which he released from his 1980 studio album of the same title. It was written and composed by Heatwave's keyboard player Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones. Patti Austin provides the backing and scat vocals that are heard throughout,[2] and one of Benson's fellow jazz guitarists, Lee Ritenour, also performs on the selection.

The song was a commercial success, and was Benson's first single to hit number one on the US Billboard Soul Singles chart. It also peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it his most successful pop entry.[3] It also peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot Disco Singles chart[4] and at number seven in the UK Singles Chart, where it ties with "In Your Eyes" as his highest charting single.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Warner Bros. WBS 49505 (US, 7")
  1. "Give Me the Night"
  2. "Dinorah, Dinorah"
Qwest/Warner Bros. K 17673 (UK, 7")
  1. "Give Me the Night"
  2. "Breezin'"
Warner Bros. LV 40 (US, 12")
  1. "Give Me the Night" (long version)
  2. "The World Is a Ghetto"
  3. "Breezin'"