Wikipedia : This day ( February 14, 2011), in New York City, New York, died Sir George Shearing, an Anglo-American jazz pianist.
Official Site : Shearing was born in 1919 in the Battersea area of London. Congenitally blind, he was the youngest of nine children. His father delivered coal and his mother cleaned trains at night after caring for the children during the day.
@jazzprofessional.com : And all my musical foundations, obviously, were laid here—going back to the age of three. My family tell me that I used to listen to the old crystal set, then go to the piano and pick out the tune that I just heard.
@last.fm : . His style, including the joint playing of the melody by piano and vibraphone, was also widely copied, becoming part of the idiom of pop music, so that his records from that period now sound far less innovative than they did at the time.
@Discogs : He moved to the US in 1947, and was amongst the first postwar British jazz musicians to make a sold career there. He was oppointed OBE in 2007, and then knighted in 2007, both by Queen Elizabeth II. He died of heart failure.