George Shearing

George Shearing was a virtuosic piano player.  He may have written some 300 tunes – of which, he joked, roughly 295 were completely unknown.  One of the standards he did write, though, was “Lullaby from Birdland.”   You would never know, obviously, from his recordings, that he was blind from birth.  Born in Britain, he came to the United States after WWII ended.  He just died at the age of 91.

Hear Leonard Lopate's interview with George Shearing from 1986:

Hear George Shearing on Survival Kit in 2004: