Sir George Shearing
Person Male Born 13/8/1919 Died 14/2/2011
Pianist and composer. Born at 67 Arthur Street, Battersea, Blind from birth, he attended Linden Lodge School, where he received training in classical piano, and learned to read music by Braille. In 1947 he emigrated to America where he achieved great recognition, including performing for three presidents. He composed over 300 titles; his best known piece being 'Lullaby of Birdland'. Died in East 88th Street, New York.