Give Me the Night (album)

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Give Me The Night
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
Give Me the Night
The George Benson Collection

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


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



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


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

External links[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". Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  5. ^ "George Benson US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-09-27.