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Pianist Earl Wild dies at 94

Brittni DeHart

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From The Associated Press

Earl Wild, the first pianist to give a solo recital on American television, is dead at age 94.

Publicist Mary Lou Falcone says Wild died Saturday at his home in Palm Springs, Calif. Wild’s Web site, quoting his longtime companion, Michael Rolland Davis, says the pianist died of congestive heart disease.

It says he continued to teach until last week.

The Web site says Wild’s first televised recital came in 1939, when NBC began transmitting its first commercial live musical telecasts.

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