Category:Easy listening artists
Artists and other creators of easy listening music.
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Artists and other creators of easy listening music.
The following 84 pages are in this category, out of 84 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Herb Alpert – Herb Alpert is an American musician most associated with the group variously known as Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Herb Alperts Tijuana Brass, or TJB. Alpert is also an industry executive, the A of A&M Records. Alpert also has created abstract expressionist paintings and sculpture over two decades, which are displayed on occasion. Alpert and wife, Lani Hall, are substantial philanthropists through the operation of the Herb Alpert Foundation, Alperts musical accomplishments include five No.1 albums and 28 albums total on the Billboard Album chart, nine Grammy Awards, fourteen platinum albums, and fifteen gold albums. Alpert has sold 72 million records worldwide, Alpert is the only recording artist to hit No.1 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart as both a vocalist, and an instrumentalist. Herb Alpert was born and raised in the Boyle Heights section of Eastside Los Angeles, California and his family was Jewish, and had come to the U. S. from Radomyshl and Romania. His father, although a tailor by trade, was also a mandolin player. His mother taught violin at a young age and his older brother David was a talented young drummer. Alpert himself began trumpet lessons at the age of eight and played at dances as a teenager, acquiring an early wire recorder in high school, he experimented on this crude equipment. After graduating from Fairfax High School in 1952, he joined the United States Army, after his service in the Army, Alpert tried his hand at acting, but eventually settled on pursuing a career in music. While attending the University of Southern California in the 1950s, he was a member of the USC Trojan Marching Band for two years, in 1956, he appeared in the uncredited role Drummer on Mt. Sinai in the film The Ten Commandments. In 1962, he had a part in a scene in the film Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation where he played in a dance band. In 1957 Alpert teamed up with Rob Weerts, another burgeoning lyricist, a number of songs written or co-written by Alpert during the following two years became Top 20 hits, including Baby Talk by Jan and Dean and Wonderful World by Sam Cooke. In 1960, Alpert began his career as a vocalist at Dot Records under the name of Dore Alpert. Tell It to the Birds was recorded as the first release on the Alpert & Moss label Carnival Records, when Alpert and Moss found that there was prior usage of the Carnival name, they renamed the label A&M Records. Alpert set up a recording studio in his garage and had been overdubbing a tune called Twinkle Star, written by Sol Lake. During a visit to Tijuana, Mexico, Alpert happened to hear a band while attending a bullfight. Alpert adapted the style to the tune, mixed in crowd cheers and other noises for ambience
2. Arthur Fiedler – Arthur Fiedler was a long-time conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, a symphony orchestra that specializes in popular and light classical music. With a combination of musicianship and showmanship, he made the Boston Pops one of the orchestras in the United States. Fiedler was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Emanuel and Johanna Fiedler and his father was an Austrian violinist who played in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and his mother was a pianist. He grew up in Boston, and attended Boston Latin School until his father retired in the early 1900s, the family soon moved again, to Berlin, where from 1911 to 1915 young Fiedler studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music under Willy Hess. Fiedler returned to Boston at the beginning of World War I, in 1915 he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Karl Muck as a violinist. He also worked as a pianist, organist, and percussionist, in 1924, Fiedler formed the Boston Sinfonietta, a chamber music orchestra composed of Boston Symphony members, and started a series of free outdoor concerts. Fiedler was appointed the conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1930. While the position of conductor of the Boston Pops both prior to and after Fiedler tended to be a phase of a career, Fiedler made it his lifes work. With Fiedlers direction, the Boston Pops reportedly made more recordings than any other orchestra in the world, most of them for RCA Victor, with total sales exceeding $50 million. In 1946, he conducted the Boston Pops in one of the first American recordings devoted to excerpts from a film score, RCA Victor released an album of ten-inch 78-rpm discs complete with photographs from the film. Fiedlers June 20,1947, recording of Gaîté Parisienne by Jacques Offenbach was eventually released by RCA as their first long-playing classical album and he recorded the same music in 1954 in stereo and began making regular stereo recordings in 1956. A number of Fiedlers recordings were released as 45-rpm extended play discs, beginning in 1949, such as Tchaikovskys Marche Slave, besides recording light classics, Fiedler also recorded music from Broadway shows and Hollywood film scores, as well as arrangements of popular music, especially the Beatles. He and the Boston Pops occasionally recorded classical works that were favorites and he made but a single recording with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Dvoraks New World Symphony. There were also recordings of music by his Sinfonietta. His last album, devoted to disco, was titled Saturday Night Fiedler, Fiedler was also associated with the San Francisco Pops Orchestra for 26 summers, and conducted many other orchestras throughout the world. In very rare visiting performances, Fiedler accepted the invitation to conduct Don Canevas John Hersey High School Bands after reviewing their latest recordings, caneva said, “I was tremendously pleased and delighted when he said he would accept our invitation, after hearing a recent recording of the band. Fiedler ended up conducting twice for Caneva’s bands in 1971 and 1972, in the final 1972 performance the band opened the Symphonic Winds portion of the concert with the Festive Overture by Dmitri Schostakovich, followed with the American Salute by Morton Gould. For the conclusion of this portion, Fiedler chose The Finale From The New World Symphony by Anton Dvorak and he also conducted Leroy Andersons Serenata with the high school band
3. Jackie Gleason – John Herbert Jackie Gleason was an American comedian, actor, and musician who developed a style and characters in his career from growing up in Brooklyn, New York. He was known for his visual and verbal comedy style. By filming the episodes with Electronicams, Gleason later could release the series in syndication and he also developed The Jackie Gleason Show, which maintained high ratings from the mid-1950s until its cancellation in 1970. After originating in Hollywood, filming moved to Miami, Florida, John Herbert Gleason was born in 1916 at 364 Chauncey Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. He grew up at 328 Chauncey, named Herbert Walton Gleason, Jr. at birth, he was baptized John Herbert Gleason. His parents were Herbert Walton Herb Gleason, an Irish-American insurance auditor, Gleason was one of two children, his brother, Clement J. died of meningitis at age 14. Gleason remembered him and his father having a beautiful handwriting, and he used to watch him work at the kitchen table. Once it became evident that he was not coming back, Mae went to work as an attendant for the Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation. With the disappearance of his father, young Gleason began hanging around with a gang, hustling pool. 73 Elementary School in Brooklyn, John Adams High School in Queens, Gleason became interested in performing after being part of a class play, he quit school before graduating and got a job that paid $4 per night as master of ceremonies at a theater. Other jobs he held at that time included working in a hall, as a stunt driver. He performed the same duties twice a week at the Folly Theater, Gleason was raised by his mother. When she died in 1935 of sepsis from a large neck carbuncle, Gleason was 19, he had nowhere to go, and he had 36 cents to his name. The family of his first girlfriend, Julie Dennehy, offered to him in, Gleason, however, was headstrong. His friend Sammy Birch made room for him in the room he shared with another comedian. Birch also told him of a gig in Reading, Pennsylvania. The booking agent advanced him bus fare for the trip against his salary and this was Gleasons first job as a professional comedian, henceforth, he would always have regular work in small clubs. Gleason worked his way up to a job at New Yorks Club 18, Gleason greeted noted skater Sonja Henie by handing her an ice cube and saying, Okay, now do something
4. Ray Charles (musician, born 1918) – As a vocalist, Charles, along with Julia Rinker Miller, sang the theme song to the television series Threes Company. As a songwriter, Charles was best known for the choral anthem Fifty Nifty United States in which he set the names of the states to music in alphabetical order and it was originally written for The Perry Como Show. He is also known for Letters, We Get Letters, also written for Comos show. In his later years, he continued to serve as a consultant to television programs. Charles was acknowledged as an authority on American popular music, at the age of 13, Chuck Offenberg won a contest to sing on the radio in Chicago. At 16, while still at Hyde Park High School, he had his own 15 minute radio program on WENR, after graduation, he attended Central YMCA College, where he met fellow future choral director Norman Luboff, who was to become a lifelong friend. In 1936, Offenberg joined the Federal Theater show O Say Can You Sing, sharing a room with the young Buddy Rich. In 1942, Offenberg, with his wife, Bernice and son, Michael, came to New York City and he started getting work, singing on the radio for Lyn Murray, Ray Bloch, by 1944, he was doing 10 radio shows a week. In May 1944, Offenberg changed his name to Ray Charles and it would be 10 more years until the other Ray Charles changed his name from Ray Charles Robinson to Ray Charles. Close harmony was all the rage and Charles became the arranger and tenor for the Double Daters and he also conducted the band on their two CBS weekly shows. Discharged in 1946, Charles sang on New York radio and on record dates. In 1947, he was the conductor for the Broadway hit Finians Rainbow, Charles initially became associated with Perry Como in 1948 through his arrangements for the vocal group the Satisfiers. The group performed on Comos The Chesterfield Supper Club, from 1949 to 1951, he was choral arranger-conductor on The Big Show, the last big radio variety show with Tallulah Bankhead and Meredith Willson. Before it moved to Los Angeles, Charles did some singing on the Your Hit Parade radio show, lucky Strike and Chesterfield were competitors and Comos Chesterfield show aired three times a week on CBS. For the next 35 years the Ray Charles Singers became a fixture on the Perry Como television show and it was a busy time with televisions top variety shows, records and commercial jingles. Charles also worked with Nick Vanoff, Gary Smith, Dwight Hemion, Peter Matz, the talent that worked on The Perry Como Show at one time or another in its long history is remarkable. It was here where he met the other Ray Charles, the Screen Actors Guild normally does not allow two members to have the same name, but Charles the performer was registered as Ray Robinson though he performed as Ray Charles. Charles the composer also wrote material and did the choral work on Caesars Hour with Sid Caesar
5. Pete Fountain – Pierre Dewey LaFontaine, Jr. better known as Pete Fountain, was an American jazz clarinetist. He played in traditional and contemporary genres of jazz, such as Dixieland, pop jazz, honky-tonk jazz, as well as pop, and Creole music. Pierre Dewey Fountain, Jr. was born on White Street, in New Orleans, between Dumaine and St. Ann, in a small Creole cottage-style frame house, to Pierre, Sr. and Madeline. Petes father, a driver and a part-time musician, changed the family name to Fountain. He started playing clarinet as a child at the McDonogh 28 school located on Esplanade Avenue, as a child, young Pete was very sickly, frequently battling respiratory infections due to weakened lungs. He was given expensive medication but it proved to be not very effective, during a pharmacy visit, Petes father began a discussion with a neighborhood doctor who was also there shopping and talked with him about his sons condition. The doctor agreed to see the boy the following day, after a short exam, the doctor confirmed the weak lung condition and advised the father to try an unorthodox treatment, purchase the child a musical instrument, anything he has to blow into. The same day, they went to a music store and, given his choice of instruments. At first, Pete was unable to produce a sound from the instrument, but he continued to practice and eventually not only sounds and eventually music. He took private lessons but also learned to play jazz by playing along with records of first Benny Goodman. By the time he reached his teens, he was playing gigs in the nightclubs on Bourbon Street. According to Fountain, When I was a school senior. I answered that I was too busy playing clarinet every night, I guess I was a professional from that point on. One of Fountains early engagements were with the bands of Monk Hazel, Fountain founded the Basin Street Six in 1950 with his longtime friend, trumpeter George Girard. A talent scout for Lawrence Welk, who saw Fountain performing at the Pier 600, invited him to join Welks orchestra in Los Angeles, Fountain became well known for his many solos on Welks ABC television show, The Lawrence Welk Show. He was rumored to have quit when Welk refused to let him jazz up a Christmas carol on the 1958 Christmas show, in an interview, Fountain said he left The Lawrence Welk Show because champagne and bourbon dont mix. Fountain was hired by Decca Records A&R head Charles Bud Dant and went on to produce 42 hit albums with Dant, after Welks death, Fountain would occasionally join with the Welk musical family for reunion shows. Fountain returned to New Orleans, played with the Dukes of Dixieland and he owned his own club in the French Quarter in the 1960s and 1970s
6. Bobby Hackett – Robert Leo Bobby Hackett was an American jazz musician who played trumpet, cornet and guitar with the bands of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Hackett is probably best known for being the featured soloist on some of the Jackie Gleason mood music albums during the 1950s, Hackett was born in Providence, Rhode Island, to a family of Irish immigrants. He made his name as a follower of the cornet player Bix Beiderbecke. In the late 1930s Hackett played lead trumpet in the Vic Schoen Orchestra which backed the Andrews Sisters, Hackett can be heard on the soundtrack to the 1940 Fred Astaire movie Second Chorus. In 1939 the talent agency MCA asked Hackett to form a big band with its backing, unfortunately the band failed and Hackett was in substantial debt to MCA after it folded. Hackett joined the bands of Horace Heidt and then Glenn Miller to pay down this debt, to make matters worse, his lip was in bad shape after dental surgery, making it difficult for him to play the trumpet or cornet. Glenn Miller came to Hacketts rescue, offering him a job as a guitarist with the Miller Band, when I joined the band and I was making good money at last, accused me of selling out. Hell I wasnt selling out, I was selling in and its funny, isnt it, how you go right into the wastebasket with some critics the minute you become successful. Despite his lip problems, Hackett could still play occasional short solos, a dream come true for Hackett was his inclusion in Louis Armstrongs 1947 Town Hall Jazz Concert. In 1954, Hackett appeared as a regular on the short-lived ABC variety show The Martha Wright Show, however, what made Hackett something of a household name was his being hired by Jackie Gleason as a cornet soloist for some of Gleasons earliest mood music albums. Starting in 1952, Hackett appeared on Gleasons first Capitol Records album, the record – as well as all of Gleasons next 10 albums - went gold. Hackett went on to appear on six more Gleason LPs and this association led directly to Hackett signing with Capitol for a series of his own albums. In 1965, he toured with singer Tony Bennett, in 1966 and 1967 Hackett accompanied Bennett on two European tours. In the early 1970s, Hackett performed separately with Dizzy Gillespie, in 2012, Hackett was selected to be inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. Sometime in the 1930s, Bobby Hackett married Edna Hackett and he had two children with her, Barbara Hackett and Ernie Hackett. His son became a musician as well, playing the drums, Hackett died in 1976 of a heart attack, at the age of 61. The couple lived between Greenwich Village, Manhattan and Los Angeles, California while spending their summers in Chatham, the couple is survived by two children, two grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Bobby Hackett was a Freemason and was active with St. Cecile Lodge #568 which was a specifically for musicians
7. Anita Kerr – Anita Jean Grilli, known professionally as Anita Kerr, is an American singer, arranger, composer, conductor, pianist, and music producer. She recorded and performed successfully with her vocal harmony groups in Nashville, Los Angeles, Anita was born in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1947, she married Al Kerr, and they moved to Nashville the following year so that he could take a job as a dee-jay on WKDA. Joining her were singers Carl Garvin, Jim Hall, Doug Kirkham, Mary Ellen Puckett, Evelyn Wilson, Mildred Kirkham, and Don Fotrell. The groups first recording session was with Red Foley, and their collaboration resulted in a No.16 hit on Billboards Pop chart in 1950, the following year, producer Owen Bradley signed them to record for Decca Records. Their talents in demand, Anitas group continued to sing backup for country artists in Nashville, including Eddy Arnold, Burl Ives. The groups recording sessions—initially averaging two per week—increased to eight sessions weekly by 1955, in 1956, Anita Kerrs singers won a contest on the Arthur Godfreys Talent Scouts national television program. Now, cut down to a quartet at Godfreys suggestion, the travelled to New York City two weeks out of every six to appear with Godfrey on his daily television and radio broadcasts. A few years later, Kerr and her singers performed five times a week with Jim Reeves on his radio program at WSM. The quartets roster at this time featured tenor Gil Wright, baritone Louis Nunley, alto Dottie Dillard, Singers and arranger soon began contributing to between twelve and eighteen recording sessions weekly. Having previously backed Faron Young, Chet Atkins, and Webb Pierce on SESAC radio transcription sessions, between 1959 and 1963, the group waxed sixty SESAC tracks. In 1960, as The Little Dippers, the recorded a hit single, Forever. Crediting herself as Anita & Th So-And-Sos, Kerr multi-tracked her own voice to record the song Joey Baby, the Anita Kerr Singers signed with RCA Victor in 1961. Their first album for the label was From Nashville. The Hit Sound, subsequent RCA Victor LPs extended the quartets repertoire as they explored the soul songs of Ray Charles and the compositions of Henry Mancini. The groups 1965 album We Dig Mancini won a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group, in addition to recording as themselves, the Singers continued to perform as backup singers in Nashville. Under her RCA contract, Kerr also arranged and produced a series of albums for The Living Voices on the RCA Camden budget label and these Living Voices recordings included the Anita Kerr Quartet, with the addition of 4 other vocalists to form an octet. In 1964, together with Chet Atkins and Jim Reeves, the Anita Kerr Singers toured Europe, the Anita Kerr Singers or The Jordanaires sang background on just about every Nashville hit in the late 50s and early 60s. She no longer wanted to just be a singer or arranger on country songs – she wanted to do pop music, jazz and do more orchestral writing
8. James Last – James Last, also known as Hansi, was a German composer and big band leader of the James Last Orchestra. Initially a jazz bassist, his trademark happy music made his numerous albums best-sellers in Germany and his composition Happy Heart became an international success in interpretations by Andy Williams and Petula Clark. His album This Is James Last remained a UK best-seller for 48 weeks, Last undertook his final tour months before his death at age 86, upon discovering in September 2014 that an illness had worsened. His final UK performance was his 90th at Londons Royal Albert Hall, Lasts trademark sound employed big band arrangements of well-known tunes with a jaunty dance beat, often heavy on bass and brass. Last was born to Louis and Martha Last in Bremen, Germany and he was the younger brother of Robert Last and Werner Last. His father was an official at the postal and public works department of the city of Bremen and he began studying the piano at age 10, though he could play simple tunes such as the folk song Hänschen klein when he was 9. His first music teacher felt he lacked any musical talent, Last started playing more actively with his second tutor and switched to the double bass as a teenager. His home city of Bremen was bombed heavily during World War II and he entered the Bückeburg Military Music School of the German Wehrmacht at the age of 14 and learned to play bass, piano and tuba. After the end of the war, he joined Hans Günther Oesterreichs Radio Bremen Dance Orchestra, in 1948 he became the leader of the Last-Becker Ensemble, which performed for seven years. He was voted as the best bassist in the country in a German jazz poll for 1950,1951 and 1952, when the Last-Becker Ensemble disbanded, he became the in-house arranger for Polydor Records, as well as a number of European radio stations. During the next decade he helped arrange hits for such as Helmut Zacharias, Freddy Quinn, Lolita, Alfred Hause. Last first released albums in the U. S. under the titles The American Patrol on Warner Bros. Records around 1964. Last 1965 album, Non-Stop Dancing, was a recording of brief renditions of songs, all tied together by an insistent dance beat. It was a hit and helped him a major European star. Over the next four decades, Last released over 190 records, on these records, he varied his formula by adding different songs from different countries and genres, as well as guest performers like Richard Clayderman and Astrud Gilberto. He also had his own television series throughout the 1970s with guests including ABBA. Lasts trademark sound employed big band arrangements of tunes with a jaunty dance beat. In the UK, his chart singles were The Seduction, the theme from American Gigolo composed by Giorgio Moroder
9. Michel Legrand – Michel Legrand is a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and jazz pianist. Legrand is a composer, having written over 200 film and television scores. He is best known for his haunting, jazz-tinged film music. His celebrated scores for the films of French New Wave director Jacques Demy, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort, for The Thomas Crown Affair and its title song, The Windmills of Your Mind, Legrand won his first Oscar. Legrand was born in the Bécon les Bruyères district of Courbevoie and his father Raymond Legrand was a conductor and composer renowned for hits such as Irma la douce, and his mother was Marcelle Der Mikaëlian, who married Legrand Senior in 1929. His maternal grandfather was of Armenian descent and considered a member of the bourgeoisie, Legrand has composed more than two hundred film and television scores and several musicals and has made well over a hundred albums. He has won three Oscars and five Grammys and has been nominated for an Emmy and he was 22 when his first album, I Love Paris, became one of the best-selling instrumental albums ever released. He is a jazz and classical pianist and an accomplished arranger. Legrand graduated with top honors as both a composer and a pianist, Legrand has also contributed significant work in jazz. While on a visit to the U. S, the following year, back in Paris with bassist Guy Pedersen and percussionist Gus Wallez, he recorded an album of Paris-themed songs arranged for jazz piano trio, titled Paris Jazz Piano. Nearly a decade later he recorded At Shellys Manne-Hole, a trio session with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne. Legrand also provided an odd scat vocal on My Funny Valentine, Not as well received as his earlier work in the field of jazz was a 1994 album for LaserLight entitled Michel Plays Legrand. More recently, in 2002, he recorded a jazz piano album reworking 14 of his classic songs. His jazz piano style is virtuosic and eclectic, drawing upon such influences as Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, in 1966, he made the arrangements of the international song Cest si bon by Henri Betti and André Hornez for the Barbra Streisand album Color Me Barbra. In 1948, his father Raymond Legrand had conducted the orchestra for the recording of song by Les Soeurs Étienne. A number of his songs, including What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life, watch What Happens, The Summer Knows, and You Must Believe in Spring, have become jazz standards covered frequently by other artists. During various periods of work, Legrand became a conductor for orchestras in St. Petersburg, Florida, Vancouver, Montreal, Atlanta, Pittsburgh. Legrand has also recorded classical piano pieces by Erik Satie and American composers such as Amy Beach, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, John Cage and he is a prolific recorder of jazz, popular and classical music albums, having released over one hundred
10. Peter Nero – Peter Nero is an American pianist and pops conductor. Born in Brooklyn, New York, as Bernard Nierow, he started his music training at the age of seven. He studied piano under Frederick Bried, by the time he was fourteen, he was accepted to New York Citys High School of Music & Art and won a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music. Constance Keene, his teacher and mentor, once wrote in an issue of Keyboard Classics and he graduated from Brooklyn College in 1956. Nero recorded his first album under the name of Bernie Nerow in July 1957 under the Mode label MOD-LP117 which shows his virtuosity in the jazz genre. Nero recorded an album in 1961, and won a Grammy Award that year for Best New Artist, since then, he has received another Grammy, garnered ten additional nominations and released 67 albums. Neros early association with RCA Victor produced 23 albums in eight years and his subsequent move to Columbia Records resulted in a million-selling single and album – Summer of 42. His first major national TV success came at the age of seventeen when he was chosen to perform Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue on Paul Whitemans TV Special. He subsequently appeared on many top variety and talk shows including 11 guest appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, hailed as one of the premier interpreters of Gershwin, Nero starred in the Emmy Award-winning NBC Special, SWonderful, SMarvelous, SGershwin. Other TV credits include performances on PBS-TV Piano Pizzazz and with the National Symphony in Washington, Nero served as music director and pianist for the PBS-TV special The Songs of Johnny Mercer, Too Marvelous for Words with co-stars Johnny Mathis, Melissa Manchester and many members of The POPS. In 1963 Nero composed and performed the score for the major motion picture Sunday in New York. The title song has been recorded by two dozen vocalists and the score was nominated for both a Golden Globe and Hollywood Reporter Award. He also made an appearance in the film alongside Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor, in the film, Jane Fondas character gave her brother a Nero recording, in what was probably a form of product placement. Nero has worked with a long list of musicians including Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Andy Williams, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Diane Schuur, Johnny Mathis, Roger Kellaway. Neros recordings include albums with symphony orchestras, On My Own, Classical Connections and he recorded Peter Nero and Friends where he collaborated with Mel Torme, Maureen McGovern and Doc Severinsen and others. Neros latest albums, Love Songs for a Rainy Day and More in Love, by popular demand, four of his earlier recordings have been reissued. He most recently appeared on Rod Stewarts album As Time Goes By, The Great American Songbook, in a Keyboard Magazine interview, Ray Charles was asked who his favorite pianist was. Art Tatum could play anything he wanted to, Charles replied. and he is also included on historic Walks of Fame in Philadelphia and Miami, Florida