Plays Misty / Concert By The Sea
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Released in 1956, that album would become Garner’s defining work: a crossover hit and a pianistic touchstone, despite a murky sound quality that reflected its makeshift origins.
“Concert by the Sea” was a cornerstone of his transcendent pop career, along with his lush romantic ballad “Misty,” which became a standard and, for Johnny Mathis, a calling card. From the 1950s into the ’70s, Garner was one of a handful of jazz musicians known to a mainstream audience: a sterling concert attraction; a show-business personality; a favorite guest on more than one edition of the “Tonight” show. (Steve Allen and Johnny Carson were both fans.) In 1971, Clint Eastwood made his film-directing debut with “Play Misty for Me,” a thriller in which he plays a disc jockey, and Garner’s song plays a pivotal role.
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