Count Basie

1904 - 1984

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William James "Count" Basie (; August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. In 1935, he formed the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two "split" tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Count Basie has received more than 1,900,309 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Count Basie is the 227th most popular musician (down from 212th in 2019), the 1,316th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,209th in 2019) and the 64th most popular American Musician.

Count Basie is most famous for his work with the Count Basie Orchestra. He was a jazz pianist and bandleader who led one of the most popular jazz orchestras in the United States.

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Among musicians, Count Basie ranks 227 out of 2,675Before him are Ike Turner, Art Blakey, Peter Tosh, Louis Vierne, Carl Michael Bellman, and Georges Prêtre. After him are Leslie Cheung, Slash, Duff McKagan, Gidon Kremer, Ginger Baker, and Paul Stanley.

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Among people born in 1904, Count Basie ranks 50Before him are Clifford D. Simak, Héctor Castro, John Gielgud, Nikolai Kuznetsov, Donald O. Hebb, and Arshile Gorky. After him are Gerhard Herzberg, Serge Lifar, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Greer Garson, František Plánička, and Arnold Gehlen. Among people deceased in 1984, Count Basie ranks 36Before him are Karl Rahner, Vicente Aleixandre, Irwin Shaw, Yılmaz Güney, Jiro Miyake, and Henri Michaux. After him are James Mason, Ansel Adams, Moshé Feldenkrais, Oskar Werner, Brassaï, and Janet Gaynor.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Count Basie ranks 1,316 out of 15,968Before him are Neil Diamond (1941), Anthony Bourdain (1956), Rene Russo (1954), Cordell Hull (1871), Karen Grassle (1942), and John Brown (1800). After him are George Benson (1943), Jack Dempsey (1895), Aaron Spelling (1923), George Minot (1885), Stephanie Kwolek (1923), and Tom Berenger (1949).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Count Basie ranks 64Before him are Joe Satriani (1956), Israel Kamakawiwoʻole (1959), Eddie Cochran (1938), Fats Domino (1928), Ike Turner (1931), and Art Blakey (1919). After him are Duff McKagan (1964), Paul Stanley (1952), Marilyn Manson (1969), Scott McKenzie (1939), Jaco Pastorius (1951), and Lenny Kravitz (1964).