Buddy Rich

1917 - 1987

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Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer, songwriter, conductor, and bandleader. He is considered one of the most influential drummers of all time. Rich was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Buddy Rich has received more than 3,886,877 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Buddy Rich is the 394th most popular musician (down from 337th in 2019), the 2,182nd most popular biography from United States (down from 1,917th in 2019) and the 112th most popular American Musician.

Memorability Metrics

  • 3.9M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 57.26

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 36

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.26

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.38

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among musicians, Buddy Rich ranks 394 out of 3,175Before him are Adrian Smith, Sérgio Mendes, András Schiff, Flea, Ian Anderson, and Martin Gore. After him are Lucio Battisti, Dexter Gordon, Billy Gibbons, Ben Webster, Dennis Wilson, and Glenn Frey.

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Among people born in 1917, Buddy Rich ranks 96Before him are Will Eisner, Zhang Chunqiao, Jean Rouch, Atle Selberg, Harold Garfinkel, and Augusto Roa Bastos. After him are Charlotte Salomon, Jânio Quadros, Urie Bronfenbrenner, Irving Penn, Vasily Petrov, and Erich Rudorffer. Among people deceased in 1987, Buddy Rich ranks 64Before him are Federico Mompou, Gretl Braun, Liberace, Abba Kovner, Joop den Uyl, and Carlos José Castilho. After him are Maxwell D. Taylor, Gerhard Klopfer, Anny Ondra, He Yingqin, Danny Kaye, and Andrei Mironov.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Buddy Rich ranks 2,182 out of 20,380Before him are Fess Parker (1924), Tobe Hooper (1943), William Carlos Williams (1883), Ron Johnson (1955), Peter Diamond (1940), and Joan Didion (1934). After him are W. I. Thomas (1863), Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921), Cindy Crawford (1966), John Barrymore (1882), Henry King (1886), and Anna Moffo (1932).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Buddy Rich ranks 112Before him are Ry Cooder (1947), Liberace (1919), Wayne Shorter (1933), Jermaine Jackson (1954), Ornette Coleman (1930), and Tony Levin (1946). After him are Dexter Gordon (1923), Billy Gibbons (1949), Ben Webster (1909), Dennis Wilson (1944), Glenn Frey (1948), and Ray Conniff (1916).