Captain Beefheart

1941 - 2010

Captain Beefheart

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. He conducted a rotating ensemble called the Magic Band, with whom 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 2,027,502 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 508th most popular musician.

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    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 34

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.99

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.29

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Captain Beefheart ranks 508 out of 2,258Before him are Michel Petrucciani, Josef Hofmann, Lead Belly, Moondog, Jimmy Smith, and Nikolai Kapustin. After him are Florian Schneider, Oliver Riedel, The Big Bopper, Milton Nascimento, Salvatore Accardo, and Ira Gershwin.

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Among people born in 1941, Captain Beefheart ranks 154Before him are Robert D. Putnam, Barbara Brylska, Mirosław Hermaszewski, Nora Ephron, David Crosby, and Hagen Kleinert. After him are David Johnston, George Pell, Salvatore Accardo, Esther Ofarim, Yuri Norstein, and Geoff Hurst. Among people deceased in 2010, Captain Beefheart ranks 93Before him are Alexander Haig, Alan Sillitoe, Cécile Aubry, Dick Francis, Satoshi Kon, and Andrei Voznesensky. After him are Peter Graves, Vladimir Ilyushin, Guido de Marco, Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy, Giulietta Simionato, and Fess Parker.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Captain Beefheart ranks 2,530 out of 12,171Before him are Moondog (1916), Donald Davidson (1917), Jimmy Smith (1925), Dusty Hill (1949), Jennifer Love Hewitt (1979), and Betty Robinson (1911). After him are Taylor Swift (1989), Peter Graves (1926), Richard Thorpe (1896), Phil Jackson (1945), Edwin H. Land (1909), and Pink (1979).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Captain Beefheart ranks 161Before him are Clifford Brown (1930), Duane Allman (1946), Dee Dee Ramone (1951), Lead Belly (1888), Moondog (1916), and Jimmy Smith (1925). After him are The Big Bopper (1930), Ira Gershwin (1896), Randy Rhoads (1956), Jeff Porcaro (1954), Curtis Mayfield (1942), and Moby (1965).