Erroll Garner: “My Fair Lady Melody”

2 Jan

Remembering pianist Erroll Garner, who died at 55 on this day in 1977. Self-taught, he could not read music. Only 5-2, he always sat on a phone book. Composed Misty, and his 1955 album Concert by the Sea was a huge seller. Said fellow pianist Billy Taylor: “He was always cognizant of the audience, and he always said the audience was the fourth member of his trio.”

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