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Erroll Garner Exhibit @ Pitt: TV & Celebrity

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

Posters & Other Memorabilia On Display

erroll garner exhibit 

Many of Erroll Garner's posters and fan art are on view in the exhibit. A highlight of the display is also a CBS film can from the Garry Moore show, which Garner appeared on in 1964 along with other celebrities.  

erroll garner exhibit

The photograph on the left shows Garner posing with Garry Moore, and the film can from the show is pictured on the right.

Erroll Garner & Johnny Mathis

erroll garner exhibit, johnny mathis

Erroll Garner is pictured here with American pop and jazz singer, Johnny Mathis. Early in Mathis' career, he recorded a vocal version of Garner's song, "Misty," which would become a big hit just as Garner's original instrumental track had. Mathis' version of "Misty" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002, eleven years after Garner's induction.  

erroll garner exhibit, johnny mathis

erroll garner exhibit, johnny mathis

The Man for Whom the Piano Was Invented

erroll garner, martha glaser 

Erroll Garner was referred to by Newsweek as "the man for whom the piano was invented." As a brilliant self-taught musician, Garner's style of playing was fascinating to watch as his hands moved independently of one another when he played. Garner became famous for this unique style and ability over the course of his career.   

Fan Art

Feeling is Believing

erroll garner exhibit

Erroll Garner's album Feeling Is Believing was released in October 1970. At the time, in a review by Billboard Magazine, it was said that Garner's new music was "unencumbered and unfettered by brass, voices or tricksy arrangement – just his surging, bouncy, rythmic piano playing." The album also featured a unique instrumental cover of the Beatles' popular song, "Yesterday," and made it onto the Billboard Best Selling Jazz LP's list at #20. In 1971, Feeling Is Believing was nominated for a Grammy award (Best Jazz Performance – Small Group).