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. He wrote organ symphonies, piano concerti, a cello concerto, three string quartets, a one-act opera, works for organ, piano and violin, a symphonic tone poem based on the 1939 novel Finnegans Wake by James Joyce, and a set of "Variations" on the 1858 opera Orpheus in the Underworld.Born in Pensacola, Florida, Shirley was a promising young student of classical piano. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Don Shirley has received more than 6,230,200 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Don Shirley is the 122nd most popular musician (up from 224th in 2019), the 724th most popular biography from United States and the 33rd most popular American Musician.

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

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Among musicians, Don Shirley ranks 122 out of 2,675Before him are Bill Evans, Neil Young, James Last, Till Lindemann, Fritz Kreisler, and Tony Iommi. After him are Compay Segundo, Pete Best, Arnaut Daniel, Ray Manzarek, Chris Slade, and Malcolm Young.

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Among people born in 1927, Don Shirley ranks 29Before him are Maurice Béjart, Margaret Keane, Robert Ludlum, Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium, Harry Belafonte, and Martin Lewis Perl. After him are Juliette Gréco, Emmanuelle Riva, Angelo Sodano, Marshall Warren Nirenberg, Simone Veil, and K. Alex Müller. Among people deceased in 2013, Don Shirley ranks 29Before him are Christian de Duve, Jovanka Broz, Heinrich Rohrer, Georges Moustaki, François Jacob, and Erich Priebke. After him are Rochus Misch, Ray Manzarek, Robert Coleman Richardson, Gylmar dos Santos Neves, Donald A. Glaser, and Sung Jae-gi.

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Among people born in United States, Don Shirley ranks 724 out of 15,968Before him are Don Johnson (1949), Dorothea Lange (1895), Margaret Brown (1867), John Howard Northrop (1891), Ben Roy Mottelson (1926), and Edward Norton Lorenz (1917). After him are Douglass North (1920), Ginger Rogers (1911), Sam Peckinpah (1925), Jeff Goldblum (1952), Irving Fisher (1867), and Carole Lombard (1908).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Don Shirley ranks 33Before him are Benny Goodman (1909), Buddy Holly (1936), Glenn Miller (1904), Alice Cooper (1948), Ritchie Valens (1941), and Bill Evans (1929). After him are Ray Manzarek (1939), Lady Gaga (1986), Jerry Lee Lewis (1935), Ice-T (1958), Dave Brubeck (1920), and Dizzy Gillespie (1917).