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Erroll Garner

Erroll Louis Garner (June 15, 1921 – January 2, 1977) was an American jazz pianist and composer known for his swing playing and ballads. His instrumental ballad "Misty", his best-known composition, has become a jazz standard. It was first recorded in 1956 with Mitch Miller and his orchestra, and played a prominent part in the 1971 motion picture Play Misty for Me.

Scott Yanow of Allmusic calls him "one of the most distinctive of all pianists" and a "brilliant virtuoso". Garner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6363 Hollywood Boulevard. His live album Concert by the Sea first released in 1955, sold more than 1 million copies by 1958, and Yanow's opinion on the album is that it "made such a strong impression that Garner was considered immortal from then on."

Birth and Death Data: Born June 15, 1921 (Pittsburgh), Died January 2, 1977 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1945 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D7VB-0132 10-in. 2/10/1947 Gaslight Leslie Scott Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor D7VB-0514 10-in. 4/22/1947 Erroll's bounce Erroll Garner Piano solo instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Signature SRC 114 10-in. 3/9/1945 Sweet Lorraine Erroll Garner instrumentalist, piano  
Signature SRC 115 10-in. 3/9/1945 Yesterdays Erroll Garner instrumentalist, piano  
Signature SRC 116 10-in. 3/9/1945 Loot to boot Erroll Garner instrumentalist, piano  
Signature SRC 117 10-in. 3/9/1945 Gaslight Erroll Garner instrumentalist, piano  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Garner, Erroll," accessed April 19, 2024,

Garner, Erroll. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 19, 2024, from

"Garner, Erroll." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 April 2024.

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