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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 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 6,499,934 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Don Shirley is the 110th most popular musician (up from 122nd in 2019), the 652nd most popular biography from United States (up from 724th in 2019) and the 32nd most popular American Musician.

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

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Among musicians, Don Shirley ranks 110 out of 2,662Before him are Henryk Wieniawski, Buddy Holly, Fernando Sor, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Nadia Boulanger, and Lady Gaga. After him are Ravi Shankar, Andrés Segovia, Bernard Haitink, Fritz Kreisler, Benny Goodman, and John Bonham.

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Among people born in 1927, Don Shirley ranks 28Before him are Margaret Keane, Maurice Béjart, Janet Leigh, Marshall Warren Nirenberg, Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium, and Martin Lewis Perl. After him are Robert Ludlum, Hubert de Givenchy, Robert Hossein, Manfred Eigen, Harry Belafonte, and Emmanuelle Riva. Among people deceased in 2013, Don Shirley ranks 27Before him are Djalma Santos, Robert Edwards, Robert Coleman Richardson, Douglas Engelbart, Georges Moustaki, and Nílton Santos. After him are Rochus Misch, François Jacob, Donald A. Glaser, Jang Song-thaek, Erich Priebke, and Richard Griffiths.

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Among people born in United States, Don Shirley ranks 652 out of 18,182Before him are Anne Rice (1941), George A. Romero (1940), William Hanna (1910), Billie Jean King (1943), Howard Hawks (1896), and Lady Gaga (1986). After him are Carrie Fisher (1956), Walter Hill (1942), Sally Field (1946), Linda Lovelace (1949), Val Logsdon Fitch (1923), and Douglass North (1920).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Don Shirley ranks 32Before him are Dean Martin (1917), Glenn Miller (1904), Bill Evans (1929), Nat King Cole (1919), Buddy Holly (1936), and Lady Gaga (1986). After him are Benny Goodman (1909), Chick Corea (1941), Alice Cooper (1948), Quincy Jones (1933), Ray Manzarek (1939), and Ice-T (1958).