Frank Zappa

1940 - 1993

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

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frank Zappa has received more than 15,321,143 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 76 in 2019). Frank Zappa is the 34th most popular musician (down from 33rd in 2019), the 244th most popular biography from United States (down from 217th 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 34 out of 3,175Before him are Brian May, Roger Waters, Maurice Gibb, Arthur Rubinstein, Pete Townshend, and Alexander Glazunov. After him are Keith Richards, Giuseppe Tartini, Sting, David Gilmour, Brian Wilson, and Chuck Berry.

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Among people born in 1940, Frank Zappa ranks 16Before him are Constantine II of Greece, Ringo Starr, Nursultan Nazarbayev, J. M. G. Le Clézio, Qaboos bin Said al Said, and Bartholomew I of Constantinople. After him are Wangari Maathai, Gao Xingjian, Muhammad Yunus, J. M. Coetzee, Carlos Slim, and Joseph Brodsky. Among people deceased in 1993, Frank Zappa ranks 9Before him are Federico Fellini, Ferruccio Lamborghini, Rudolf Nureyev, Baudouin of Belgium, Erich Hartmann, and William Golding. After him are James Hunt, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, Turgut Özal, Anthony Burgess, Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona, and André the Giant.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Frank Zappa ranks 244 out of 20,380Before him are Diane Keaton (1946), Audie Murphy (1925), Charlton Heston (1923), Samuel Colt (1814), John Ford (1894), and Noah Webster (1758). After him are John Rawls (1921), Philip K. Dick (1928), David Lynch (1946), Emily Greene Balch (1867), Jay Leno (1950), and Barbra Streisand (1942).

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 Scatman John (1942). After him are Brian Wilson (1942), Chuck Berry (1926), Ronnie James Dio (1942), Miles Davis (1926), B.B. King (1925), and Bruce Springsteen (1949).