Gil Scott-Heron

1949 - 2011

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Gilbert Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken-word performer in the 1970s and 1980s. His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His own term for himself was "bluesologist", which he defined as "a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gil Scott-Heron has received more than 2,715,571 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Gil Scott-Heron is the 1,117th most popular singer (up from 1,200th in 2019), the 6,157th most popular biography from United States (down from 6,136th in 2019) and the 317th most popular American Singer.

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Among singers, Gil Scott-Heron ranks 1,117 out of 3,541Before him are Camila Cabello, Darlene Love, Anna Oxa, Jintara Poonlarp, Emma Bunton, and Roberto Goyeneche. After him are Laila Kinnunen, Mary J. Blige, Viktor Lazlo, Taboo, Leo Sayer, and Yoko Kanno.

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Among people born in 1949, Gil Scott-Heron ranks 348Before him are Mohamed Akid, Moussa Koussa, Frankie Faison, Ann Druyan, Venkaiah Naidu, and Bob Backlund. After him are Corneliu Vadim Tudor, Gérard Larcher, Carlo Petrini, Mary Roos, Kalevi Aho, and Carlos Babington. Among people deceased in 2011, Gil Scott-Heron ranks 265Before him are Adrián Escudero, Hubert Sumlin, Andrej Bajuk, Frances Bay, Henry Cooper, and Walter Giller. After him are Agustín García-Gasco Vicente, Milton Babbitt, Aldo Clementi, Geraldine Ferraro, Joe Morello, and John Shalikashvili.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Gil Scott-Heron ranks 6,157 out of 15,968Before him are Julia Grant (1826), Gregg Henry (1952), Skeet Ulrich (1970), Nat Adderley (1931), Bob Backlund (1949), and Connie Stevens (1938). After him are David Peoples (1940), L. Q. Jones (1927), Troian Bellisario (1985), John Schneider (1960), Janet Asimov (1926), and Mary J. Blige (1971).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Gil Scott-Heron ranks 317Before him are Van McCoy (1940), Lhasa de Sela (1972), Wiz Khalifa (1987), Joe Jonas (1989), Willie Colón (1950), and Darlene Love (1941). After him are Mary J. Blige (1971), Taboo (1975), Kvitka Cisyk (1953), Candice Night (1971), Johnny Nash (1940), and Thomas Hampson (1955).