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Captain Beefheart

1941 - 2010

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Don Van Vliet (; born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. Conducting a rotating ensemble known as The Magic Band, he recorded 13 studio albums between 1967 and 1982. His music blended elements of blues, free jazz, rock, and avant-garde composition with idiosyncratic rhythms, absurdist wordplay, a loud, gravelly voice, and his claimed wide vocal range, though reports of it have varied from three octaves to seven and a half. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Captain Beefheart has received more than 2,898,984 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Captain Beefheart is the 464th most popular musician (up from 477th in 2019), the 2,522nd most popular biography from United States (up from 2,549th in 2019) and the 140th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Captain Beefheart ranks 464 out of 2,662Before him are Philly Joe Jones, Roger Hodgson, David Foster, Maxim Shostakovich, Rudolf Serkin, and Eugene Ormandy. After him are Robert Miles, Chucho Valdés, Jason Newsted, Bert Kaempfert, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Bronisław Huberman.

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Among people born in 1941, Captain Beefheart ranks 158Before him are Paavo Lipponen, Chubby Checker, Eleni Karaindrou, David Hemmings, Aldrich Ames, and Yuri Norstein. After him are Robert D. Putnam, Ahmed Shafik, Jaan Kaplinski, Chucho Valdés, Luis Alberto Lacalle, and Salvatore Accardo. Among people deceased in 2010, Captain Beefheart ranks 85Before him are Irvin Kershner, Rue McClanahan, Bella Akhmadulina, Raymond Franz, Peter Graves, and Robert Culp. After him are Charlie Wilson, Teddy Scholten, Maurice Wilkes, Martin Sandberger, Howard Zinn, and Miguel Delibes.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Captain Beefheart ranks 2,522 out of 18,182Before him are Ken Mattingly (1936), Rob Schneider (1963), Aldrich Ames (1941), Kate Millett (1934), Marcia Gay Harden (1959), and Paul Rudd (1969). After him are Robert D. Putnam (1941), George Hamilton (1939), Gordon Cooper (1927), Ronald Inglehart (1934), Kelly Bishop (1944), and Ariana Grande (1993).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Captain Beefheart ranks 140Before him are Dexter Gordon (1923), Richie Sambora (1959), Billy Ray Cyrus (1961), King Oliver (1881), Dennis Wilson (1944), and Philly Joe Jones (1923). After him are Jason Newsted (1963), Dee Dee Ramone (1951), Tommy Bolin (1951), Pat Metheny (1954), Coleman Hawkins (1904), and Clifford Brown (1930).