Erroll GarnerComposer / Jazz Musician / Pianist
Born: 15 June 1921
Died: 2 January 1977
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Best known as: The guy who wrote the song "Misty"
A self-taught pianist who never learned to read music, Erroll Garner was nevertheless one of the most popular jazz musicians of the 1950s. His swinging piano and gift for melody kept him on the top of the charts, and his most memorable tune, "Misty" (lyrics added by Johnny Burke) was a pop hit for five different artists between 1959 and 1975.
In 1971 Garner re-recorded "Misty" for the Clint Eastwood directorial debut, Play Misty For Me.
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