Carla Bley

1936 - 2023

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Carla Bley (born Lovella May Borg; May 11, 1936 – October 17, 2023) was an American jazz composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader. An important figure in the free jazz movement of the 1960s, she was perhaps best known for her jazz opera Escalator over the Hill (released as a triple LP set), as well as a book of compositions that have been performed by many other artists, including Gary Burton, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Art Farmer, Robert Wyatt, John Scofield, and her ex-husband Paul Bley. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carla Bley has received more than 532,004 page views. Her biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Carla Bley is the 228th most popular musician (up from 655th in 2019), the 1,278th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,388th in 2019) and the 66th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Carla Bley ranks 228 out of 3,175Before her are Jean-Marie Leclair, Mike Shinoda, Jaco Pastorius, Oscar Peterson, Gianna Nannini, and Thelonious Monk. After her are Cliff Williams, Enrico Macias, Alan Parsons, Romano Mussolini, Ian Stewart, and Farid al-Atrash.

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Among people born in 1936, Carla Bley ranks 60Before her are Richard Wilson, Denny Hulme, Boniface Alexandre, Bekim Fehmiu, Dražan Jerković, and Valerie Solanas. After her are J. Michael Bishop, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Kris Kristofferson, Alan J. Heeger, and François Pinault. Among people deceased in 2023, Carla Bley ranks 83Before her are Ivan Silayev, Leiji Matsumoto, Boniface Alexandre, Hans Modrow, Robert Lucas Jr., and Marisa Pavan. After her are Gaston Glock, Milan Milutinović, Henri Konan Bédié, Antonella Lualdi, Frank Borman, and Viktor Belenko.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Carla Bley ranks 1,278 out of 20,380Before her are Jack Elam (1920), George Akerlof (1940), Francis Gary Powers (1929), Thelonious Monk (1917), Paul Ryan (1970), and Christina Onassis (1950). After her are Alan Silvestri (1950), Robin Cook (1940), Frederic Edwin Church (1826), John Dickinson (1732), Ivan Sutherland (1938), and Timothy Leary (1920).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Carla Bley ranks 66Before her are Izzy Stradlin (1962), Lady Gaga (1986), Pete Seeger (1919), Mike Shinoda (1977), Jaco Pastorius (1951), and Thelonious Monk (1917). After her are Dave Mustaine (1961), Ludacris (1977), John Zorn (1953), Don Cherry (1936), Beck (1970), and Paul Stanley (1952).