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This Masquerade on Wikipedia
"This Masquerade"
This Masquerade - George Benson.jpg
Single by George Benson
from the album Breezin'
ReleasedApril 1976
Format7" single
RecordedJanuary 1976
GenreR&B, smooth jazz
Length8:03 (Album full length)
3:17 (Single edit version)
LabelWarner Bros. Records
Writer(s)Leon Russell
Producer(s)Tommy LiPuma
George Benson singles chronology

"This Masquerade" is a song written by American singer and musician Leon Russell. It was originally recorded in 1972 by Russell for his album Carney the same year. The song was not released as a single but was inserted on the B-side of Russell's hit single "Tight Rope". The following year, "This Masquerade" was re-recorded by American vocal duo The Carpenters, who released it on their album Now & Then in 1973. It was inserted as the B-side of the The Carpenters's single "Please Mr. Postman". Three years later, "This Masquerade" was recorded by American singer and guitarist George Benson, who released it on his 1976 album, Breezin'. Benson's version was released as a single and became the first big hit of his career.


  • 1 George Benson version
    • 1.1 Track listing
    • 1.2 Music video
    • 1.3 Charts positions
    • 1.4 Personnel
  • 2 Trivia
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

George Benson version

In 1976, "This Masquerade" was a top-ten pop and R&B hit for jazz guitarist/vocalist George Benson, who recorded it on his 1976 signature album Breezin'. It was his first single release. Benson's rendition is the only charting version of the song in the U.S. It reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Hot Soul Singles chart. On the Cash Box Top 100 it reached #12.[1] "This Masquerade" was most successful in Canada, where it reached number 8 on the Pop Singles chart as well as the Adult Contemporary chart.[2][3]

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.

Music video

George Benson recorded an official music video for "This Masquerade" in 1976. In the video, the song has the same length as the song's single (3:17).


  • Writer – Leon Russell
  • Lead Vocal – George Benson
  • Lead Guitar – George Benson
  • Conductor, Arranged By – Claus Ogerman
  • Piano [Soloist] – Jorge Dalto
  • Rhythm Guitar – Phil Upchurch
  • Bass – Stanley Banks
  • Drums – Harvey Mason
  • Percussion – Ralph MacDonald
  • Producer – Tommy LiPuma


  • Leon Russell's original version is part of the soundtrack for the 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's version was also performed on TV with Ella Fitzgerald; the medley in which it was sung was subsequently released on the compilation As Time Goes By.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2015-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-11. 

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
  • Music video of "This Masquerade" by George Benson (1976) on YouTube
  • Page of "This Masquerade" by George Benson at Discogs
  • Page of "This Masquerade" by George Benson at 45cat

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