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Duke Ellington

1899 - 1974

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Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and leader of his eponymous jazz orchestra from 1923 through the rest of his life. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Ellington was based in New York City from the mid-1920s and gained a national profile through his orchestra's appearances at the Cotton Club in Harlem. A master at writing miniatures for the three-minute 78 rpm recording format, Ellington wrote or collaborated on more than one thousand compositions; his extensive body of work is the largest recorded personal jazz legacy, and many of his pieces have become standards. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Duke Ellington has received more than 6,017,629 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Duke Ellington is the 91st most popular musician (down from 74th in 2019), the 533rd most popular biography from United States (down from 483rd in 2019) and the 25th most popular American Musician.

Duke Ellington is most famous for being a jazz composer and pianist. He was also a bandleader and arranger.

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Among musicians, Duke Ellington ranks 91 out of 2,662Before him are Barry Gibb, Paul Simon, Thomas Bangalter, Karl Thomas Mozart, David Oistrakh, and Robert Fripp. After him are Richard Wright, Gheorghe Zamfir, Dean Martin, Angus Young, João Gilberto, and Gary Moore.

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Among people born in 1899, Duke Ellington ranks 18Before him are Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, László Bíró, Fred Astaire, Francis Poulenc, Adnan Menderes, and Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski. After him are Erich Kästner, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Béla Guttmann, Fritz Albert Lipmann, Albert Claude, and Paul Hermann Müller. Among people deceased in 1974, Duke Ellington ranks 16Before him are Pär Lagerkvist, Baldur von Schirach, U Thant, Imre Lakatos, Rudolf Dassler, and David Oistrakh. After him are Otto Strasser, Erich Kästner, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Darius Milhaud, Jacob L. Moreno, and Julius Evola.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Duke Ellington ranks 533 out of 18,182Before him are Roy Lichtenstein (1923), Bernie Sanders (1941), Isaac Singer (1811), Bradley Cooper (1975), Richard Stallman (1953), and Percy Williams Bridgman (1882). After him are F. Murray Abraham (1939), Jennifer Aniston (1969), Steven Tyler (1948), Matt Damon (1970), Albert Ellis (1913), and Aaron T. Beck (1921).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Duke Ellington ranks 25Before him are Cliff Burton (1962), Iggy Pop (1947), Yehudi Menuhin (1916), John Coltrane (1926), Lou Reed (1942), and Paul Simon (1941). After him are Dean Martin (1917), Glenn Miller (1904), Bill Evans (1929), Nat King Cole (1919), Buddy Holly (1936), and Lady Gaga (1986).