Swing and jazz guitarist who was one of the first artists in his genres to use the electric guitar. He is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
Having no money for a real guitar, he and his brother made their own out of a cigar box.
His music got its first wide exposure when he toured with the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra.
His father was blind, but he could still play the guitar and sing.
George Benson was one of many jazz musicians whom was inspired by Christian.