This Masquerade

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"This Masquerade"
Single by George Benson
from the album Breezin'
B-side "Lady"
Released 1976
Format 7" single
Genre R&B/Jazz
Length 8:03 (album version)
3:18 (single edit)
Label Warner
Writer(s) Leon Russell
Producer(s) Tommy LiPuma
George Benson singles chronology
"This Masquerade"
George Benson's "This Masquerade" from Breezin'

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"This Masquerade" is a song written by Leon Russell. The song appeared on the B-side of the single for Russell's 1972 hit "Tight Rope" and on his Carney album.

The song has also been recorded by many other artists. Helen Reddy included it on her 1972 I am Woman album, and also included a live version on her 1978 Live in London album. The Carpenters recorded a version of the song and released it on their 1973 Now & Then album, as well as on the B-side of "Please Mr. Postman" in 1974. Shirley Bassey has also recorded this song, first released on her 1982 album All By Myself. Other artists to perform it include, Hagood Hardy, Willie Nelson, Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '77, No Mercy, Robert Goulet, Bob Berg and Kenny Rogers. The song was also a top-ten pop and R&B hit for jazz guitarist/vocalist George Benson, who recorded it on his 1976 signature album Breezin'. It reached number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Hot Soul Singles chart. In 1977 Benson's version won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year, while it was nominated for Song of the Year and for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. Mia Martini recorded a live version in 1991. Saxophonist David Sanborn also recorded the song on his 1995 "Pearls" project.[1] The song has also been covered by Italian singer Mina in her 1988's album Ridi Pagliaccio.

Leon Russell's version is part of the soundtrack for the Exorcist director William Friedkin's psychological thriller film Bug. The Bug Soundtrack was released on May 22, 2007. It also appeared in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness.

The Carpenters version was released on their album Now & Then (1973), and performed on TV with Ella Fitzgerald, the medley in which it was sung was subsequently released on the compilation album As Time Goes By.

The band Widespread Panic opened their Austin, TX 2009 Halloween encore with "This Masquerade."

Ukrainian vocal band ManSound has recorded a trilogy starting with this song in the album "If It’s Magic", 2004.[2] Croatian soul diva Radojka Šverko released this song on her concert album with Big Band of Croatian Radiotelevison in year 2009.


  1. ^ "Pearls overview". 
  2. ^ "ManSound home". Retrieved 2014-05-24. 

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