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Erroll Garner Exhibit @ Pitt: Awards

An exhibit dedicated to Erroll Garner and the opening of his archive. Exhibit unveiled at the University's William Pitt Union; a combined effort of the Archives Service Center and the Pitt Department of Music, particularly Jazz Studies faculty and student

Awards on Display

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Erroll Garner was the recipient of many awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), three of which are on display in the Erroll Garner exhibit. Also on view are the three awards Garner won from Down Beat magazine over three consecutive years (1956, 1957, 1958).   

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Above is the press release announcing Erroll Garner as the recipient of the Pied Piper Award, which is on view in the exhibit and in the image on the top left of this page. As the release states at the end, "[p]revious recipients of the Pied Piper include Duke Ellington, Carol Burnett, Ella Fitzgerald, Lawrence Welk and Barbra Streisand."

Erroll & Martha at an Award Ceremony in the 1950's

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Grammy Hall of Fame

erroll garner awards 

One notable feature of the exhibit is this certificate awarded to Erroll Garner posthumously by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. NARAS, also known as The Recording Academy, is famous for its annual Grammy Awards. In 1991, the Erroll Garner Trio's greatest hit, "Misty," was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Garner's album "Concert by the Sea," was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

Other Awards

erroll garner awards 

Other highlights include a resolution passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives commemorating Garner shortly after his passing. Perhaps the most unexpected award, however, was granted in 1981, when “Misty” won ASCAP recognition as “Outstanding Country Song.” Four years after Garner’s death, country singer Ray Stevens scored a major hit with the jazz classic, which reached #14 on the Billboard Charts (#2 in England) and earned the composer this posthumous recognition.