Frank Zappa

1940 - 1993

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Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, composer, guitarist, singer, songwriter and bandleader. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frank Zappa has received more than 11,681,028 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Frank Zappa is the 26th most popular musician (up from 30th in 2019), the 207th most popular biography from United States (down from 202nd in 2019) and the 8th most popular American Musician.

Frank Zappa is most famous for his eclectic and experimental music.

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Among musicians, Frank Zappa ranks 26 out of 2,675Before him are Brian May, Cat Stevens, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and Jeff Beck. After him are Giuseppe Tartini, Władysław Szpilman, Ronnie James Dio, Bon Scott, Miles Davis, and Scatman John.

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Among people born in 1940, Frank Zappa ranks 14Before him are Constantine II of Greece, Michael Gambon, Carlos Slim, Muhammad Yunus, Qaboos bin Said al Said, and Nursultan Nazarbayev. After him are Saparmurat Niyazov, Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Wangari Maathai, Pina Bausch, Gao Xingjian, and Michel Temer. Among people deceased in 1993, Frank Zappa ranks 5Before him are Pablo Escobar, Audrey Hepburn, Federico Fellini, and Rudolf Nureyev. After him are William Golding, Erich Hartmann, Baudouin of Belgium, James Hunt, Turgut Özal, Ferruccio Lamborghini, and Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona.

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Among people born in United States, Frank Zappa ranks 207 out of 15,968Before him are Samuel L. Jackson (1948), Emily Dickinson (1830), B. F. Skinner (1904), Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866), John Adams (1735), and Louis Sullivan (1856). After him are George Marshall (1880), Ronnie James Dio (1942), Samuel P. Huntington (1927), Philip K. Dick (1928), Richard Gere (1949), and Gary Cooper (1901).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Frank Zappa ranks 8Before him are Louis Armstrong (1901), Bob Dylan (1941), Jimi Hendrix (1942), Madonna (1958), Ray Charles (1930), and Chuck Berry (1926). After him are Ronnie James Dio (1942), Miles Davis (1926), Scatman John (1942), B.B. King (1925), Bruce Springsteen (1949), and Brian Wilson (1942).

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