British jazz pianist George Shearing (left) and American singer Joe Williams attend a press reception in London in 1962 before beginning a tour of Britain together. Central Press/Getty Images hide caption

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George Shearing, the ebullient jazz pianist who wrote the standard "Lullaby of Birdland," died Monday in Manhattan of congestive heart failure. He was 91. Associated Press hide caption

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George Shearing shares a laugh with his fiancé Ellie Geffert in 1976. Central Press/Getty Images hide caption

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