Give Me the Night (album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Give Me The Night
Givemethenight.jpg
Studio album by George Benson
Released August 9, 1980
Recorded 1980
Genre Soul, Funk, Jazz, Pop, R&B
Length 42:21
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Quincy Jones
George Benson chronology
Livin' Inside Your Love
(1979)Livin' Inside Your Love1979
Give Me the Night
(1980)
The George Benson Collection
(1981)The George Benson Collection1981

Give Me The Night is a 1980 album recorded and released by American jazz guitarist and singer George Benson.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Released in the summer of 1980, Give Me The Night was produced by Quincy Jones and released on Jones's start-up label Qwest Records, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Records. It charted at number one on both the Top Soul Albums and Jazz Albums Chart as well as number three on the Billboard Pop Albums charts.

The album's success was due mainly to its lead single, also titled "Give Me the Night," which rose all the way to the number one single on the Soul Singles chart. Another selection on the album, "Moody´s Mood," was recorded with R&B singer Patti Austin. Certified Platinum by the RIAA,[3] Give Me The Night was the only album Quincy Jones ever produced for Benson.

This album won Benson three Grammy Awards in 1981; Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, while "Moody's Mood" received Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male and "Off Broadway" received Best R&B Instrumental Performance.
Quincy Jones and Jerry Hey also won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for the song "Dinorah, Dinorah."

Track listing[edit]

All selections on the album were written and composed by Rod Temperton, keyboardist for Heatwave, except where indicated.

  1. "Love X Love" 4:45
  2. "Off Broadway" 5:23
  3. "Moody's Mood" featuring Patti Austin (Eddie Jefferson, James Moody) 3:24
  4. "Give Me the Night" 5:01
  5. "What's On Your Mind" (Glen Ballard, Kerry Chater) 4:02
  6. "Dinorah, Dinorah" (Ivan Lins, Vitor Martins) 3:39
  7. "Love Dance" (Ivan Lins, Gilson Peranzzetta, Paul Williams) 3:18
  8. "Star of a Story (X)" 4:42
  9. "Midnight Love Affair" (David "Hawk" Wolinski) 3:31
  10. "Turn Out the Lamplight" 4:43

Personnel[edit]

  • George Benson – lead and backing vocals (1, 3, 4, 7-10), guitar (1-4, 8, 9, 10), lead guitar (6), scat (6)
  • Lee Ritenour – guitar (2, 4, 5, 8, 9), acoustic guitar (7), electric guitar (10)
  • Louis Johnson – bass guitar (1, 2, 6, 10)
  • Abe Laboriel – bass guitar (1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
  • John Robinson – drums (1-6, 8, 10)
  • Carlos Vega – drums (7, 9)
  • Paulinho Da Costa – percussion (1, 2, 4, 5-8, 10)
  • Greg Phillinganes – keyboards (1, 2, 3, 10), synthesizer (2, 3), Fender Rhodes (6)
  • Michael Boddicker – synthesizer (4, 5, 8)
  • Richard Tee – synthesizer bass (4), electric piano (6), synthesizer (8, 9, 10)
  • Herbie Hancock – synthesizer (6-9), Fender Rhodes (7, 8)
  • Clare FischerYamaha CS30 (6), acoustic piano (6), Fender Rhodes (6)
  • George Duke – keyboards (9)
  • Jerry Hey – trumpet (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9)
  • Kim Hutchcroft – saxophone & flute (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9)
  • Larry Williams – saxophone & flute (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9)
  • Marty Paich – string arrangements & conductor (8)
  • Sid Sharp – concertmaster
  • Patti Austin – backing vocals (1, 4, 6, 8, 10), lead vocals (3, 7)
  • Jim Gilstrap – backing vocals (1, 4, 8)
  • Diva Gray – backing vocals (1, 4, 8)
  • Jocelyn Allen – backing vocals (1, 4, 8)
  • Tom Bahler– backing vocals (1, 4, 8, 10)

Production[edit]

  • Producer, Liner Notes – Quincy Jones
  • Recorded & Mixed by Bruce Swedien
  • Assistant Engineers – Sheridan Eldridge, Ralph Osbourne & Mark Sackett.
  • Recorded at Kendun Recorders (Burbank, CA) & Cherokee Studios (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Mixed at Kendun Recorders
  • Mastered by Jim Sintetos & Kent Duncan at Kendun Recorders.
  • Art Direction – Richard Seireeni
  • Illustration – Paul Jasmin
  • Cover Photography – Norman Seeff
  • Sleeve Photography – Peter Brill
  • Typography – Anderson Typographics
  • Management – Ken Fritz & Dennis Turner at Ken Fritz Management.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Albums[4] 3
Billboard Top Soul Albums[4] 1
Billboard Top Jazz Albums[4] 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[5]
Billboard Hot 100 US
R&B
US
Dance
1980 "Give Me The Night" 4 1 2
"Love X Love" 61 9 -
1981 "Turn Out The Lamplight" - 33 -

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S.. George Benson: Give Me The Night > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 23. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ "American album certifications – George Benson – Give Me the Night". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  4. ^ a b c "George Benson US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  5. ^ "George Benson US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-27.