It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora Plus subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora Plus trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora Plus trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora Plus.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Don Shirley

Pianist, composer, and arranger Don Shirley was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on January 29, 1927. He began playing piano at age two and seven years later had developed his skills so rapidly, he was studying theory at the prestigious Leningrad Conservatory of Music. Shirley made his concert debut with the Boston Pops in 1945, while the following year the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed one of his first major compositions. In the ensuing years between 1954 and 1968, Shirley performed as a soloist and as a member of several symphonies, including the Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington. Shirley also composed several organ symphonies, a piano concerto, two string quartets, and numerous pieces for piano. His musical language also encompassed tastefully mastered combinations of standards, show tunes, ballads, spirituals, and jazz performed with his own trio. Incredibly, Shirley also found time between performing and recording to obtain a doctorate of Music, Psychology, and Liturgical Arts. Throughout the '50s and '60s, Shirley released numerous albums on the Cadence label. In 1999, Collectables began reissuing several of those albums as two-for-one sets. ~ Al Campbell
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: Plays Birdland Lullabies

Disc 1

1. Lullaby Of Birdland

2. Makin' Whoopee

3. Blues In B Flat

4. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

5. How High The Moon

6. Walkin' My Baby Back Home

7. Body And Soul

8. Honeysuckle Rose

Disc 2

1. My Funny Valentine

2. Love For Sale

3. Bewitched

4. September Song

5. Dancing On The Ceiling

6. Medley From "New Faces"

7. And This Is My Beloved

8. Blue Moon

x

Track List: Pianist Extraordinare / Piano Arrangements Of Famous Spirituals

Disc 1

1. How Deep Is The Ocean (How Deep Is The Sky)

2. I Understand

3. My Ship

4. Time After Time

5. Love Walked In

6. It's The Talk Of The Town

7. Lady Be Good

8. I Cried For You

9. Russian Folk Song

10. Mack The Knife

11. Trust In Me

12. In Other Words

Disc 2

2. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen

3. Heaven

4. Were You There

5. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

6. My Lord It's So High

7. Take My Hand, Precious Lord

8. In A My Soul

9. Go Down Moses

10. Even Me

11. Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho

12. When The Saints Go Marching In

13. God Be With You

14. It's Me Standing In The Need Of Prayer

15. Let Us Break Bread Together

16. Every Time I Feel The Spirit

x

Track List: The Don Shirley Trio

Disc 1

1. Tenderly

2. Something To Remember You By

3. What Is There To Say

4. Answer Me, My Love

5. I'm In The Mood For Love

6. These Foolish Things

8. I Can't Get Started With You

9. Secret Love

10. It Could Happen To You

Disc 2

1. Water Boy

2. Where's My Bess

3. In A Moorish Market Place

4. The Man I Love

5. This Nearly Was Mine

6. Blue Skies

7. Adieu Madraz

11. When Your Lover Has Gone

x

Track List: Golden Classics

1. Water Boy

3. Drown In My Own Tears

4. Margie

5. Stand By Me

6. Willow Weep For Me

8. Georgia On My Mind

9. Lonesome Road

10. At Last

11. Amen

12. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe

14. Just For A Thrill

15. Dancing On The Ceiling

16. The Hammer Song

18. My Funny Valentine

Comments

Report as inappropriate
wgdockendorf
Bought his Water Boy album in the early sixties when I started college and he's been a big part of my life through his recordings ever since. Got to go hear him at a Ambassador College concert in Pasadena CA in the '70's. There will never be another like him. Thank God for this gift and thank Pandora for keeping his musical legacy alive and alway available. RIP Don Shirley.
Bill Dockendorf- Asheville, NC
Report as inappropriate
langley.ann
Thankfully I discovered Don Shirley, I believe in high school, back in the 60s. I bought a record player 15 years ago just to be able to play his vinyls. It seemed the only way to still be able to hear him. Thank you Pandora for featuring this radio station. It is my absolute favorite when I want to make a fire and really relax. Not to mention it is also a trip down memory lane.
Ann Langley
Report as inappropriate
nycmusicus
I turn to the unparalleled beauty that is the music of Don Shirley when I wish to be taken away to a place where I haven't a care in the world. Dr. Shirley's music always delivers. It reveals the heart of a very special person, in my humble opinion. May he rest in peace and his family always know how much he gave to the world through his music...and in other ways, I must assume.
Report as inappropriate
ptknapp28
My most memorable musical experience was spending an entire evening listening to you and Marian McPartland at the Hickory House. My second most memorable was when you appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. I bought all your records.
Report as inappropriate
RIP Don, your work lives on for others to enjoy your artistry.
Report as inappropriate
mixtere1
His playing is so very lovely and tender to me. Thank you Don for sharing your wonderful gift.
Report as inappropriate
My husband and I (before we were married)spen t many delightful evenings at the Hickory House listening to Don Shirley in the mid 50's. His CD's are lovely companions on long trips.
Report as inappropriate
trhoades33
Duke Ellington used to go to the Hickory House in NYC to hear him. You can't say much more.
Report as inappropriate
I agree. He truly plays Jazz with 2 hands. He is an amazing musician and pianist.
Report as inappropriate
awesome
Report as inappropriate
jpmcguire00
The "similar artists" are all great pianists, but there is only ONE Don Shirley. Having been caught in the death of Cadence Records and the issues with he who bought the rights to their music, he was virtually unheard for almost 30 years. I pine for those musicians who might have benefited from his talent but couldn't access it. A true artist.
Report as inappropriate
welch_w
He comes as close as any pianist I know who can be described as unique, and defies being caterogized in any one box.

Wayne W., Savannah, GA
Report as inappropriate
dblair10435
PLAY THE SONG BY DON SHIRLEY, DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[114, 75, 119, 112, 121, 71, 84, 75, 121, 66, 108, 91, 73, 108, 95, 117, 95, 119, 111, 86, 108, 78, 124, 123, 116, 113, 118, 122, 71, 90, 92, 79, 97, 79, 111, 70, 96, 75, 65, 78, 88, 107, 110, 70, 104, 81, 64, 90, 92, 113, 82, 102, 107, 112, 108, 109, 118, 98, 87, 127, 69, 90, 123, 64, 80, 70, 105, 110, 65, 111, 117, 86, 102, 66, 82, 80, 102, 87, 97, 118, 67, 83, 92, 124, 107, 98, 85, 109, 64, 101, 122, 69, 83, 125, 77, 113, 89, 104, 125, 74, 110, 99, 89, 120, 68, 69, 92, 96, 93, 104, 102, 117, 104, 75, 84, 89, 65, 109, 67, 83, 103, 109, 68, 124, 78, 89, 96, 67, 110, 91, 67, 112, 96, 89, 120, 72, 83, 95, 77, 68, 85, 77, 125, 110, 107, 110, 99, 86, 119, 98, 102, 123, 65, 127, 95, 99, 100, 78, 66, 120, 84, 127, 97, 89, 77, 108, 65, 117, 88, 95, 102, 68, 68, 82, 77, 97, 76, 84, 82, 93, 75, 90, 98, 78, 81, 97, 125, 108, 115, 107, 79, 95, 119, 91, 99, 112, 115, 68, 69, 127, 109, 102, 84, 104, 105, 119, 73, 87, 105, 111, 83, 103, 111, 69, 90, 101, 92, 88, 79, 110, 72, 113, 104, 104, 120, 113, 98, 126, 123, 79, 123, 93, 78, 119, 94, 89, 93, 125, 119, 120, 70, 80, 69, 81, 111, 88, 98, 119, 94, 74, 87, 118, 110, 111, 116, 70, 97, 119, 126, 125, 71, 116, 72, 114, 114, 126, 65, 113, 69, 114, 82, 125, 75, 108, 119, 118, 84, 74, 117, 103, 104, 118, 113, 104, 99, 72, 82, 121, 75, 111, 99, 117, 81, 92, 71, 123, 71, 120, 77, 107, 112, 95, 110, 89, 72, 70, 101, 100, 102, 114, 74, 82, 104, 84, 113, 125, 86, 82, 79, 98, 107, 107, 93, 85, 124, 117, 86, 71, 116, 84, 109, 127, 93, 117, 112, 66, 104, 93, 68, 77, 120, 120, 111, 126, 72, 125, 122, 73, 76, 89, 75, 69, 85, 110, 70, 71, 123, 80, 108, 107, 125, 114, 117, 92, 115, 93, 71, 113, 117, 124, 121, 90, 75, 100, 76, 82, 67, 71, 108, 111, 88, 66, 110, 76, 98, 120, 111, 71, 99, 111, 99, 123, 112, 92, 87, 84, 77, 68, 125, 123, 64, 86, 99, 125, 122, 123, 92, 106, 81, 107, 71, 83, 110, 74, 122, 65, 80, 110, 109, 118, 80, 117, 89, 71, 121, 93, 98, 97, 74, 77, 127, 100, 101, 123, 78, 91, 65, 65, 89, 108, 70, 80, 109, 113, 74, 111, 123, 74, 64, 111, 101, 105, 124, 72, 66, 86, 114, 86, 97, 93, 113, 123, 77, 83, 106, 90, 64, 123, 77, 72, 95, 74, 70, 111, 79, 69, 125, 106, 81, 78, 112, 71, 119, 124, 107, 76, 77, 102, 101, 107, 74, 83, 76, 67, 88, 117, 125, 102, 105, 80, 102, 96, 125, 119, 112, 86, 121, 75, 66, 91, 82, 107]