Don Shirley

1927 - 2013

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Donald Walbridge Shirley (January 29, 1927 – April 6, 2013) was an American classical and jazz pianist and composer. He recorded many albums for Cadence Records during the 1950s and 1960s, experimenting with jazz with a classical influence. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Don Shirley has received more than 7,465,260 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia. Don Shirley is the 156th most popular musician (down from 110th in 2019), the 915th most popular biography from United States (down from 652nd in 2019) and the 43rd most popular American Musician.

Don Shirley is most famous for being a pianist and composer.

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  • 7.5M

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  • 63.27

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  • 5.27

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  • 2.66

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Among musicians, Don Shirley ranks 156 out of 3,175Before him are Compay Segundo, Dizzy Gillespie, Ravi Shankar, Andrés Segovia, James Last, and James Hetfield. After him are Jerry Lee Lewis, Giya Kancheli, Keith Jarrett, Alfred Cortot, Leslie Cheung, and Karl Thomas Mozart.

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Among people born in 1927, Don Shirley ranks 43Before him are Emmanuelle Riva, Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad, Angelo Sodano, Robert Ludlum, Daniel Keyes, and Hugo Pratt. After him are Harry Mulisch, Harry Markowitz, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, George Andrew Olah, Maurice Ronet, and Sydney Brenner. Among people deceased in 2013, Don Shirley ranks 40Before him are Ieng Sary, Jack Vance, Rochus Misch, Ray Manzarek, Erich Priebke, and Georges Moustaki. After him are Mohammed Omar, Jerome Karle, Jesús Franco, James Gandolfini, Lawrence Klein, and John Cornforth.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Don Shirley ranks 915 out of 20,380Before him are John Lee Hooker (1917), Ray Tomlinson (1941), Frederick Reines (1918), Herbert A. Hauptman (1917), Jill Biden (1951), and James Hetfield (1963). After him are Francis Peyton Rous (1879), Willard Libby (1908), Larry Hagman (1931), Billy Joel (1949), Jennifer Connelly (1970), and Jerry Lee Lewis (1935).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Don Shirley ranks 43Before him are Nikki Sixx (1958), Bill Evans (1929), Ray Manzarek (1939), Benny Goodman (1909), Dizzy Gillespie (1917), and James Hetfield (1963). After him are Jerry Lee Lewis (1935), Keith Jarrett (1945), Chick Corea (1941), Ritchie Valens (1941), Duff McKagan (1964), and Muddy Waters (1913).