George Shearing

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Birthday
13, 1919
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Feb 14, 2011 (91)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
13, 1919
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Feb 14, 2011 (91)

About

Blind jazz artist who explored Latin and swing. He composed more than 300 songs and was on the charts from the 1950s until the 1990s.

Before Fame

He played piano and accordion at a local pub, the Mason's Arms in Lambeth, instead of accepting numerous scholarships for musical training.

Trivia

He recorded for Discovery Records, MGM Records, and Capitol Records. He also collaborated with Mel Tormé at Concord Records, which yielded the pair a 1983 and 1984 Grammy Award.

Family Life

He was married to Trixie Bayes from 1941 until 1973. In 1975, he married Ellie Geffert. He had a daughter named Wendy.

Associated With

He performed for three U.S. presidents: Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.