Jazz pianist George Shearing, whose hits included "Lullaby of Birdland" and "September in the Rain," has died of heart failure in Manhattan. He was 91, according to The Associated Press.
Shearing achieved fame with his group the George Shearing Quintet in the late 1940s, and also became a successful solo artist in a career that spanned decades, according to the AP.
He also overcame personal disabilities: Shearing was born blind. He released an autobiography, "Lullaby of Birdland," in 2005.