Franco Battiato

1945 - 2021

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Francesco "Franco" Battiato (Italian: [ˈfraŋko batˈtjaːto, – battiˈaːto]; 23 March 1945 – 18 May 2021) was an Italian musician, singer, composer, filmmaker and, under the pseudonym Süphan Barzani, also a painter. Battiato's songs contain esoteric, philosophical and religious themes, and have spanned genres such as experimental pop, electronic music, progressive rock, opera, symphonic music, movie soundtrack, oratorio and new wave. He was for decades one of the most popular singer-songwriters in Italy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Franco Battiato has received more than 485,759 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Franco Battiato is the 333rd most popular musician (down from 319th in 2019), the 1,626th most popular biography from Italy (down from 1,544th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Italian Musician.

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    Languages Editions (L)

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    Effective Languages (L*)

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    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among musicians, Franco Battiato ranks 333 out of 3,175Before him are Eric Carr, Avril Lavigne, Count Basie, Paul Desmond, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Paul Landers. After him are Johnny Ramone, John McLaughlin, Fred Durst, Jan Garbarek, Alicia de Larrocha, and Matteo Carcassi.

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Among people born in 1945, Franco Battiato ranks 120Before him are Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Igor Ivanov, George Alencherry, Angus Deaton, Patch Adams, and Željko Bebek. After him are Pat Riley, Richard R. Schrock, Wolfgang Schüssel, Peter Criss, Ernie Hudson, and Dean Koontz. Among people deceased in 2021, Franco Battiato ranks 95Before him are Robert H. Grubbs, Libuše Šafránková, Djivan Gasparyan, Lars Vilks, Leopoldo Luque, and Yaphet Kotto. After him are Norodom Ranariddh, Đorđe Balašević, Didier Ratsiraka, Mira Furlan, Max Mosley, and Carolyn S. Shoemaker.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Franco Battiato ranks 1,626 out of 5,161Before him are Carlo Scarpa (1906), Bernardo Pasquini (1637), Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy (1940), Natalie of Serbia (1859), Francis Hyacinth, Duke of Savoy (1632), and Salvatore Giuliano (1922). After him are Jacopo Sannazaro (1458), Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (1683), Margarita Luti (1500), Vittoria Aleotti (1575), Dino Grandi (1895), and Riz Ortolani (1926).

Among MUSICIANS In Italy

Among musicians born in Italy, Franco Battiato ranks 15Before him are Paolo Conte (1937), Gianna Nannini (1954), Romano Mussolini (1927), Luigi Tenco (1938), Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920), and Mauro Giuliani (1781). After him are Matteo Carcassi (1792), Rocco Granata (1938), Lucio Battisti (1943), Domenico Alberti (1710), Leonardo De Lorenzo (1875), and Salvatore Accardo (1941).