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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 2,152,921 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Count Basie is the 296th most popular musician (down from 227th in 2019), the 1,728th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,315th in 2019) and the 85th 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 296 out of 2,662Before him are PJ Harvey, Manu Dibango, Stig Anderson, Joe Jackson, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Fela Kuti. After him are Lisa Gerrard, Glenn Frey, Chico Buarque, Moby, Avril Lavigne, and Khaled.

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Among people born in 1904, Count Basie ranks 66Before him are Elyesa Bazna, Arshile Gorky, Ralph Bellamy, František Plánička, Luigi Dallapiccola, and Arnold Gehlen. After him are Isamu Noguchi, Princess Irene, Duchess of Aosta, Minoru Genda, Henri Cartan, Yves Congar, and Ba Jin. Among people deceased in 1984, Count Basie ranks 49Before him are James Mason, Yılmaz Güney, Enrico Berlinguer, Pavel Batitsky, Walter Rauff, and Jiro Miyake. After him are Hans Speidel, Fikret Amirov, Chaïm Perelman, José Mauro de Vasconcelos, Raoul Salan, and Rodrigo Lara.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Count Basie ranks 1,728 out of 18,182Before him are Norman Mailer (1923), Stephen Jay Gould (1941), Juliet Anderson (1938), Diana Gabaldon (1952), Patrick Dempsey (1966), and Roger Ebert (1942). After him are Benjamin Spock (1903), Bob Gunton (1945), Alfred Newman (1900), John Turturro (1957), Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848), and Roger D. Kornberg (1947).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Count Basie ranks 85Before him are Dave Mustaine (1961), Ornette Coleman (1930), Sixto Rodriguez (1942), Eric Carr (1950), Charles Mingus (1922), and Joe Jackson (1928). After him are Glenn Frey (1948), Moby (1965), Johnny Ramone (1948), Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954), Fred Durst (1970), and Isaac Hayes (1942).