Don Shirley Net Worth: The Life Of A Musical Prodigy

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Don Shirley was a classical and jazz musician. Find out more about his musical career and how he made his net worth.

Don Shirley passed away in 2013 and his net worth was $500 thousand to $1 million.

Donald Walbridge Shirley was born in Pensacola, Florida, to Jamaican immigrants; Edwin Shirley, and Stella Gertrude.

Don Shirley was a prodigy who started to learn and play the piano at the age of two. At three years old, he was already playing the organ as part of church performances

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Shirley made his first debut concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1945 at only 18 years old.

In 1949, an invitation came for the 21-year-old Don Shirley from the Haitian Government to perform at the Exposition.

A week later, Archbishop Le Gouaze and President Estime requested his presence for an encore performance.

In 1955, Shirley’s first album, Tonal Expressions, took the 14th spot on Billboard Magazine’s Best-Selling Pop Albums.

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