Bix Beiderbecke

1903 - 1931

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Leon Bismark "Bix" Beiderbecke (March 10, 1903 – August 6, 1931) was an American jazz cornetist, pianist, and composer. Beiderbecke was one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s, a cornet player noted for an inventive lyrical approach and purity of tone, with such clarity of sound that one contemporary famously described it like "shooting bullets at a bell". His solos on seminal recordings such as "Singin' the Blues" and "I'm Coming, Virginia" (both 1927) demonstrate a gift for extended improvisation that heralded the jazz ballad style, in which jazz solos are an integral part of the composition. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bix Beiderbecke has received more than 804,108 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Bix Beiderbecke is the 648th most popular musician (up from 721st in 2019), the 3,318th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,473rd in 2019) and the 221st most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Bix Beiderbecke ranks 648 out of 2,675. Before him are Andy Fletcher, Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Kenny Loggins, Jorge Bolet, Tom Araya, and K. K. Downing. After him are Sam Phillips, Giovanni Sgambati, Nelson Freire, Jörg Demus, Vasco Rossi, and Joan Jett.

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Among people born in 1903, Bix Beiderbecke ranks 132Before him are Boris Blacher, Nikos Zachariadis, Adelbert Schulz, Arpad Elo, Ona Munson, and Fernando Paternoster. After him are Dolores Costello, Nikolay Cherkasov, Frank P. Ramsey, Grigori Aleksandrov, Princess Elisabeth Helene of Thurn and Taxis, and Joseph Cornell. Among people deceased in 1931, Bix Beiderbecke ranks 57Before him are Frederick Augustus II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg, Auguste Forel, Lujo Brentano, Prince Emmanuel, Duke of Vendôme, Nicolae Paulescu, and Osachi Hamaguchi. After him are Gustaf Kossinna, Sukhdev Thapar, Jean-Louis Forain, Prince Thomas, Duke of Genoa, Xu Zhimo, and Frank Wigglesworth Clarke.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Bix Beiderbecke ranks 3,318 out of 15,968. Before him are Paul Gallico (1897), Kevin Mitnick (1963), Bill Cobbs (1934), Ralph Macchio (1961), Jon Cryer (1965), and John G. Trump (1907). After him are Patrick Henry (1736), Kylie Jenner (1997), Sonny Boy Williamson II (1912), Barbara Kruger (1945), Dominic Chianese (1931), and Frederic Forrest (1936).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Bix Beiderbecke ranks 221Before him are Alan Wilson (1943), Link Wray (1929), Tim Buckley (1947), Charlie Christian (1916), Scott Bradley (1891), and Kenny Loggins (1948). After him are Sam Phillips (1923), Joan Jett (1958), Charley Patton (1891), Tito Jackson (1953), Eric Singer (1958), and GG Allin (1956).