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'Give Me the Night'
Single by George Benson
from the album Give Me the Night
B-side'Dinorah, Dinorah'
ReleasedJune 1980[1]
  • 3:41
  • 3:50 (commercial 7-inch)
  • 4:58 (album)
  • 5:03 (12-inch alternate mix)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Rod Temperton
Producer(s)Quincy Jones
George Benson singles chronology
'Hey Girl'
'Give Me the Night'
'Love X Love'
Music video
'Give Me the Night' on YouTube

'Give Me the Night' is a song recorded by American jazz and R&B musician George Benson, which he released from his 1980 studio album of the same title. It was written and composed by Heatwave's keyboard player Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones. Patti Austin provides the backing and scat vocals that are heard throughout,[2] and one of Benson's fellow jazz guitarists, Lee Ritenour, also performs on the selection.


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The song was a commercial success, and was Benson's first single to hit number one on the US BillboardSoul Singles chart. It also peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it his most successful pop entry.[3] It also peaked at number two on the BillboardHot Disco Singles chart[4] and at number seven in the UK Singles Chart.[5]


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Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1980)Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6]10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7]11
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[8]22
France (IFOP)[9]3
Ireland (IRMA)[10]15
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11]8
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12]9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13]4
Norway (VG-lista)[14]8
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[15]5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16]7
UK Singles (OCC)[5]7
US Billboard Hot 100[4]4
US BillboardHot Disco Singles[4]2
US BillboardHot Soul Singles[4]1
US BillboardAdult Contemporary[17]26
US Cash Box[18]6
US Record World[19]6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1980)Rank
Australia (Kent Music Report)[20]91
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[21]86
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[22]83
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[23]72
US Billboard Hot 100[24]91
US Cash Box[25]41


RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[26]Silver200,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Track listing[edit]

Warner Bros.WBS 49505 (US, 7')
  1. 'Give Me the Night'
  2. 'Dinorah, Dinorah'
Qwest/Warner Bros.K 17673 (UK, 7')
  1. 'Give Me the Night'
  2. 'Breezin'
Warner Bros.LV 40 (US, 12')
  1. 'Give Me the Night' (long version)
  2. 'The World Is a Ghetto'
  3. 'Breezin'

Uses and samples[edit]

  • The song is used as a sample in 'Je danse le Mia' by French hip hop band IAM.[27]
  • The song is parodied as 'Le Casse de Brice' in the French film Brice de Nice.[28]

See also[edit]


  1. ^'Billboard's Top Single Picks'(PDF). Billboard. Vol. 92 no. 25. June 21, 1980. p. 99. ISSN0006-2510.
  2. ^ abElias, Jason. 'Give Me the Night – Song Review'. AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  3. ^Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 53.
  4. ^ abcd'Give Me the Night – Awards'. AllMusic. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  5. ^ ab'Official Singles Chart Top 100'. Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  6. ^'Billboard Hits of the World'. Billboard. Vol. 92 no. 44. November 1, 1980. p. 84. ISSN0006-2510.
  7. ^'Ultratop.be – George Benson – Give Me The Night' (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  8. ^'Top RPM Singles: Issue 4701a.' RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  9. ^'Le Détail par Artiste' (in French). InfoDisc. Select 'George Benson' from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  10. ^'The Irish Charts – Search Results – Give Me the Night'. Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  11. ^'Nederlandse Top 40 – George Benson - Give Me The Night' (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  12. ^'Dutchcharts.nl – George Benson – Give Me The Night' (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  13. ^'Charts.nz – George Benson – Give Me The Night'. Top 40 Singles. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  14. ^'Norwegiancharts.com – George Benson – Give Me The Night'. VG-lista. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  15. ^'South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (B)'. Rock.co.za. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  16. ^'Swisscharts.com – George Benson – Give Me The Night'. Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  17. ^Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 28.
  18. ^'CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending SEPTEMBER 27, 1980'. Cash Box. Archived from the original on September 13, 2012.
  19. ^'Record World Singles'(PDF). Record World. September 13, 1980. p. 67. ISSN0034-1622. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  20. ^'Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s'. Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  21. ^'Jaaroverzichten 1980' (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  22. ^'Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1980' (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  23. ^'Jaaroverzichten – Single 1980' (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  24. ^'Top 100 Hits for 1980'. The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  25. ^'The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1980'. Cash Box. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012.
  26. ^'British single certifications – George Benson – Give Me the Night'. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  27. ^de Longeville, Thibaud (July 14, 1999). 'Le rap en France – Le combat continue'. Les Inrockuptibles (in French). Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  28. ^'Brice de Nice au top à 42 ans !' (in French). RTN. June 19, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2016.

External links[edit]

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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