George Benson

Give Me the Night

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Released in mid-1980, this polished song caught the tail end of the disco era. This is unabashed flash and glitz that producer Quincy Jones was becoming famous for. For Benson, Jones didn't stray too far from his late-'70s, early-'80s hitmaking recipe. This track is almost defiantly lush. Sonically, Jones put an echo on Benson's guitar riffs on this track and throughout "Give Me the Night." That gives this almost three-dimensional sound. Patti Austin is heard throughout doing scat vocals through the verses. Speaking of vocals, this is arguably one of Benson's most natural and non-ingratiating performances. Surprisingly, guitarist Lee Ritenour also appears on this track and it's hard to discern where all of the good riffs come from. Like many of the dance songs of the era, this too is subtly romantic and mature. Rod Temperton, the song's writer, had also done similar work for Michael Jackson's Off the Wall and Rufus and Chaka's Masterjam. Bassist Abraham Labroiel and drummer John Robinson provide the cushy rhythm here. "Give Me the Night" is one of those few songs that actually might make a listener feel better for that 4:58.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Give Me the Night 1980 Warner Bros. 4:58
The George Benson Collection 1981 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:43
No Image 1983 Warner Bros.
The Best of George Benson [Warner Bros.] 1995 Warner Bros. 3:42
The Greatest Hits of All 2003 Rhino 3:42
Very Best of George Benson: The Greatest Hits of All 2004 Warner Music / WEA International 3:42
Rhino Hi-Five: George Benson 2005 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:58
Pure Temptations 2008
Various Artists
Eminence Records 4:59
Original Album Series 2009 Warner Bros. 5:02
Classic Love Songs 2010 Rhino / Wea UK 3:44
Ministry of Sound Anthems: Disco 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:43
Top Hits/80's Only Number 1's 2011
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music 3:46
'80s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
The Ultimate Collection 2015 Rhino 5:03
Drop the Needle: Best of George Benson 2018 Rhino 3:42
100 Greatest Breakfast Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 3:55
80 Hits of the '80s
Various Artists
Rhino
80's The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 3:55
Born and Raised in the 80s
Various Artists
Rhino 3:44
Disco: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino
Happy Mother's Day
Various Artists
Rhino 3:55
Hits of the 80s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 5:00
Jazz in Love
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music 3:43
Mum: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 5:00
Top 100 80s
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music / WSM 3:43
Top Hits/Ballads & Love Songs 80's & 90's
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music 3:44