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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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Recordings

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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Garner, Erroll," accessed April 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103205.

Garner, Erroll. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103205.

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

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103205

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