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 2,558,812 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Count Basie is the 329th most popular musician (down from 299th in 2019), the 1,832nd most popular biography from United States (down from 1,727th in 2019) and the 92nd 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 329 out of 3,175Before him are Djivan Gasparyan, Sonny Rollins, Léo Ferré, Tiësto, Eric Carr, and Avril Lavigne. After him are Paul Desmond, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Paul Landers, Franco Battiato, Johnny Ramone, and John McLaughlin.

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Among people born in 1904, Count Basie ranks 70Before him are Ralph Bellamy, Arnold Gehlen, Ernst-Günther Schenck, Georges Canguilhem, Viktor Brack, and Sergey Biryuzov. After him are Muhammad Najib ar-Ruba'i, Isamu Noguchi, Kuvempu, Felix Nussbaum, Luigi Dallapiccola, and Yves Congar. Among people deceased in 1984, Count Basie ranks 56Before him are Joseph Losey, Chaïm Perelman, George Gaylord Simpson, Branko Ćopić, Hans Speidel, and Rodrigo Lara. After him are Andy Kaufman, Marcel Janco, Souvanna Phouma, Mark W. Clark, Raoul Salan, and Janet Gaynor.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Count Basie ranks 1,832 out of 20,380Before him are Dean Cain (1966), Cab Calloway (1907), Dorothea Klumpke (1861), Sam Raimi (1959), Axl Rose (1962), and Jack Swigert (1931). After him are Patch Adams (1945), Mary Steenburgen (1953), Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848), Tom Regan (1938), Marcia Cross (1962), and Nina Hartley (1959).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Count Basie ranks 92Before him are Joe Satriani (1956), Robby Krieger (1946), Fats Domino (1928), Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954), Sonny Rollins (1930), and Eric Carr (1950). After him are Paul Desmond (1924), Johnny Ramone (1948), Fred Durst (1970), Peter Criss (1945), Bruno Mars (1985), and Moby (1965).