His own hit, "Lullaby of Birdland" was so popular that, according to the Telegraph, "Shearing was well-used to being known for little else. At one concert, almost half a century after Lullaby had been composed, he introduced it by saying: "I have been credited with writing 300 songs. Two hundred ninety-nine enjoyed a bumpy ride from relative obscurity to total oblivion. Here is the other one." on the recording of "Birdland" below, he sings the song at first, and then Mel Torme picks it up, with some crazy (fantastic!) scats. One of my all time favorite recordings.
May he rest in peace!
(PS. R+J's music month is continuing, and this week we're doing George Gerswhin's Rhapsody in Blue. Talk about jazz LOVE. Tune in for all the details.)