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George Benson & Carlos Santana -Midnight Special 1976- BREEZIN.....

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Breezin' on Wikipedia
Single by Gábor Szabó and Bobby Womack
from the album High Contrast
B-side"Azure Blue"
ReleasedApril 1971
Format7" single
RecordedDecember 1970
GenreCrossover jazz, Soul jazz
Length3:11 (Album full length)
3:03 (Edit single version)
LabelBlue Thumb Records
Writer(s)Bobby Womack
Producer(s)Tommy LiPuma

"Breezin'" is an instrumental song composed by American singer and musician Bobby Womack. It was originally recorded in December 1970 by the influential Hungarian jazz guitarist Gábor Szabó, in partnership with Womack himself. The song was originally released in 1971 on the Szabó's album High Contrast. The song was released as a single in April 1971 in the United States and in 1972 in the Netherlands. The single reached No. 43 on the R&B chart the same year. "Breezin'" was produced by Tommy LiPuma.


  • 1 Gábor Szabó version (1971)
    • 1.1 Track listing
    • 1.2 Chart position
    • 1.3 Personnel
  • 2 George Benson version (1976)
    • 2.1 Controversy
    • 2.2 Track listing
      • 2.2.1 7" single
      • 2.2.2 12" single
    • 2.3 Charts positions
    • 2.4 Personnel
  • 3 External links

Track listing

The "Breezin'"s full length on the Szabó's album High Contrast is 3:11. The length of only 3:03 is an edited version of the single.


  • Gábor Szabó – Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar
  • Bobby Womack – Songwriter, Electric rhythm guitar
  • Jim Keltner – Drums
  • Felix "Flaco" Falcon – Congas
  • Phil Upchurch – Bass
  • Rene Hall – String arrangements
  • Carmelo Garcia – Percussion
  • Bruce Botnick – Audio engineer
  • Tommy LiPuma – Tambourine, Gourd percussion, Record producer

George Benson version (1976)

Single by George Benson
from the album Breezin'
B-side"Six To Four"
ReleasedSeptember 1976
Format7" single, 12" single
RecordedJanuary 1976
GenreSmooth jazz, Soul jazz
Length5:40 (Album full length)
5:20 (Edit single version)
LabelWarner Bros. Records
Writer(s)Bobby Womack
Producer(s)Tommy LiPuma
George Benson singles chronology

Five years later after Gábor Szabó's original recording, the song became even better known for a successful re-recording by singer and guitarist George Benson, whose 1976 cover was the title track of his album Breezin'. His version was recorded in January 1976 and released as a single in September of the same year, entering for the American charts. Coincidentally, his cover as well as his complete album Breezin' were also produced by Tommy LiPuma. The album and single were released by Warner Bros. Records.


In 1977, Gábor Szabó complained to the audience about George Benson's success with "Breezin'", during a engagement at the Catamaran Hotel in San Diego. Szabó indicated that he had recorded this song before Benson and accused Benson of having plagiarized his arrangement. He expressed disdain for Benson's success with his arrangement that Szabó himself had created.

7" single

The "Breezin'"s full length on the Benson's album Breezin' is 5:40. The length of only 5:20 is an edited version of the 7" single.


  • Songwriter – Bobby Womack
  • Lead Guitar – George Benson
  • Bass, Rhythm Guitar – Phil Upchurch
  • Conductor, Arranged By – Claus Ogerman
  • Drums – Harvey Mason
  • Electric Piano, Keyboards – Ronnie Foster
  • Percussion – Ralph MacDonald
  • Piano, Clavinet – Jorge Dalto
  • Producer – Tommy LiPuma

External links

  • Music video of "Breezin'" by Gábor Szabó (1971) on YouTube
  • Music video of "Breezin'" by George Benson (1976) on YouTube
  • Page of "Breezin'" by Gábor Szabó at Discogs
  • Page of "Breezin'" by Gábor Szabó at 45cat
  • Page of "Breezin'" by George Benson at Discogs
  • Page of "Breezin'" by George Benson at 45cat

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