The Greatest Love
George Benson
Lyrics

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody's searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be
So I learned to depend on me

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all inside of me
The greatest love of all is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all was happening to me
I found the greatest love of all inside of me
The greatest love of all is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all

And, if by chance, that special place
That you've been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love


Copyright 1977 Gold Horizon Music Corp. & Golden Torch Music Corp.

(Words by Linda Creed,
Music by Michael Masser)

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Up Close and Personal:

George Benson   (22 Mar 1943)

More than a mellow voice and popular tunes, Benson is a dynamo jazz guitarist and pianist; he's the consummate musician!

"George Benson is an American musician, whose recording career began at the age of twenty-one as a jazz guitarist. He is however, better known to the public at large as a Pop and R&B singer, famous for such hits as "Give Me The Night", "Lady Love Me (One More Time)", "Turn Your Love Around", "In Your Eyes" and "This Masquerade", among others."(1)

"George Benson is simply one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, but he is also an amazingly versatile musician..." "He can play in just about any style -- from swing to bop to R&B to pop -- with supreme taste, a beautiful rounded tone, terrific speed, a marvelous sense of logic in building solos, and, always, an unquenchable urge to swing."

"Yet Benson can also sing in a lush soulful tenor with mannerisms similar to those of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, and it is his voice that has proved to be more marketable to the public than his guitar. Benson is the guitar-playing equivalent of Nat King Cole -- a fantastic pianist whose smooth way with a pop vocal eventually eclipsed his instrumental prowess in the marketplace -- but unlike Cole, Benson has been granted enough time after his fling with the pop charts to reaffirm his jazz guitar credentials, which he still does at his concerts."

"Benson actually started out professionally as a singer."  In 1965, he recorded "two highly regarded albums of soul-jazz and hard bop for Columbia" and while his jazz albums did make him a guitar star in the world of jazz, "the mass market didn't catch on until he began to emphasize vocals after signing with Warner Bros. in 1976."

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Benson's "first album for Warner Bros., Breezin', became a Top Ten hit on the strength of its sole vocal track, "This Masquerade," and this led to a string of hit albums in an R&B-flavored pop mode, culminating with the Quincy Jones-produced Give Me the Night." "Three songs from 2006's Givin' It Up, recorded with Al Jarreau, were nominated for Grammy Awards in separate categories."(2)
~ Richard S. Ginell, All Music Guide

Genre: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Soul

Sources:  (1)  (2)

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