The song “Lover” was written by Rogers and Hart for the 1932 movie “Love Me Tonight” but Peggy Lee did an extremely popular version of the song for the 1952 remake of “The Jazz Singer.” William “Red” Garland is probably best known for his work with the Miles Davis Quintet. He did not invent the block chord style but his unique adaptations are frequently copied by jazz pianists today. Here is Red’s fantastic version of “Lover.”
I couldn’t find any story behind the nickname, but I assume that Red Garland was a red head in his youth too. It only makes sense since studies show that people who were red heads at least until puberty are among the most intelligent and talented people on the planet. What? It might be true!