Duke Ellington

1899 - 1974

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Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death over a career spanning more than six decades.Born in Washington, D.C., Ellington was based in New York City from the mid-1920s onward and gained a national profile through his orchestra's appearances at the Cotton Club in Harlem. In the 1930s, his orchestra toured in Europe. Although widely considered a pivotal figure in the history of jazz, Ellington embraced the phrase "beyond category" as a liberating principle and referred to his music as part of the more general category of American Music.Some of the jazz musicians who were members of Ellington's orchestra, such as saxophonist Johnny Hodges, are considered among the best players in the idiom. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Duke Ellington has received more than 4,977,877 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Duke Ellington is the 74th most popular musician (up from 80th in 2019), the 483rd most popular biography from United States (down from 463rd in 2019) and the 22nd 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 74 out of 2,675Before him are Sviatoslav Richter, Goran Bregović, Dean Martin, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and John Coltrane. After him are Cliff Burton, Yehudi Menuhin, Baroness Mary Vetsera, Nat King Cole, Giorgio Moroder, and Stuart Sutcliffe.

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Among people born in 1899, Duke Ellington ranks 16Before him are Humphrey Bogart, Lavrentiy Beria, Fred Astaire, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, Francis Poulenc, and László Bíró. After him are Erich Kästner, Paul-Henri Spaak, Béla Guttmann, Adnan Menderes, Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, and Miguel Ángel Asturias. Among people deceased in 1974, Duke Ellington ranks 15Before him are Pär Lagerkvist, Amin al-Husseini, Baldur von Schirach, U Thant, Rudolf Dassler, and Imre Lakatos. After him are Erich Kästner, Darius Milhaud, Jacob L. Moreno, Julius Evola, Otto Strasser, and Miguel Ángel Asturias.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Duke Ellington ranks 483 out of 15,968Before him are John Bardeen (1908), Susan Sontag (1933), Tennessee Williams (1911), Warren Beatty (1937), Millard Fillmore (1800), and Richard Chamberlain (1934). After him are Jeffrey Epstein (1953), Joseph Barbera (1911), Cliff Burton (1962), Jared Leto (1971), Robert Zemeckis (1952), and Steve Wozniak (1950).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Duke Ellington ranks 22Before him are Charlie Parker (1920), Robert Johnson (1911), Iggy Pop (1947), Chet Baker (1929), Dean Martin (1917), and John Coltrane (1926). After him are Cliff Burton (1962), Yehudi Menuhin (1916), Nat King Cole (1919), Lou Reed (1942), Benny Goodman (1909), and Buddy Holly (1936).