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Art Gillham
January 1, 1895 Art Gillham is born
  Art Gillham
February 25, 1925 Art Gillham sings into a microphone, producing the first "electronic recording" that was commercially produced
  Art Gillham
August 7, 1939 At Rich's Department Store in downtown Atlanta, pianist and popular radio show host Art Gillham performs on the first demonstration of television in the Southeast United States.
  Art Gillham
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
June 6, 1961 Art Gillham dies of a heart attack, Atlanta, Georgia
  Art Gillham


Known as the "Whispering Pianist" Art Gillham was one of the first musicians to understand the power of radio.

Born in Atlanta, he moved to St. Louis at the age of 5. He was publishing music by the time he was 20. It was legendary radio director Lambdin Kay who gave Gillham his "Whispering Pianist" monicker after an appearance on WSB in Atlanta in 1924. During this time he began a recording career. Many of his songs became well known in the period, but much of his recorded work was uncredited - he was one of Columbia Record's studio musicians and played on a wide range of records.


Among his most famous recordings are I'd Climb The Highest Mountain, Hesitation Blues, Tonight You Belong To Me, Cecilia, I'm Sitting On Top of The World, and Shine On Harvest Moon.

Following his success playing on radio in theaters and recording, Gillham returned to Atlanta where he became a popular radio show host.




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