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 called Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, known separately as "The Magic Band", he recorded 13 studio albums between 1964 and 1982. His music blended elements of blues, free jazz, rock, and avant-garde composition with idiosyncratic rhythms, absurdist wordplay, and his wide vocal range. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Captain Beefheart has received more than 2,671,098 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Captain Beefheart is the 477th most popular musician (up from 506th in 2019), the 2,550th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,530th in 2019) and the 152nd most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Captain Beefheart ranks 477 out of 2,675Before him are Gil Evans, Clifford Brown, Antonio Bazzini, Krystian Zimerman, Dennis Wilson, and Riccardo Cocciante. After him are Wendy Carlos, Elvis Costello, Jacques Loussier, Alvin Lee, Rick Astley, and Alan Walker.

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Among people born in 1941, Captain Beefheart ranks 154Before him are Percy Sledge, Mirosław Hermaszewski, Nora Ephron, Harry Nilsson, Peter Bonetti, and Barbara Brylska. After him are Jon Brower Minnoch, Yuri Norstein, Bakili Muluzi, Luis Alberto Lacalle, Geoff Hurst, and Aldrich Ames. Among people deceased in 2010, Captain Beefheart ranks 87Before him are Theo Albrecht, Robert Culp, Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy, Peter Graves, Miguel Delibes, and Malcolm McLaren. After him are Alexander Haig, Vladislav Ardzinba, Bella Akhmadulina, Luis Molowny, Teddy Scholten, and Jean Ferrat.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Captain Beefheart ranks 2,550 out of 15,968Before him are Margaret Fuller (1810), Jo Van Fleet (1915), Billy Preston (1946), John L. Sullivan (1858), Kate Millett (1934), and Amber Heard (1986). After him are Wendy Carlos (1939), Don Walsh (1931), Josh Duhamel (1972), Katherine Heigl (1978), Tallulah Bankhead (1902), and David Riesman (1909).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Captain Beefheart ranks 152Before him are Screamin' Jay Hawkins (1929), Erroll Garner (1923), John Frusciante (1970), Duane Allman (1946), Clifford Brown (1930), and Dennis Wilson (1944). After him are Wendy Carlos (1939), Carla Bley (1936), Lionel Hampton (1908), John Phillips (1935), Al Di Meola (1954), and Joey DeMaio (1954).