Herbie Hancock

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Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American jazz pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer, and occasional actor. Hancock started his career with trumpeter Donald Byrd's group. He shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet, where he helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Herbie Hancock has received more than 3,888,972 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Herbie Hancock is the 143rd most popular musician (up from 146th in 2019), the 834th most popular biography from United States (down from 819th in 2019) and the 40th most popular American Musician.

Herbie Hancock is most famous for being a jazz pianist and composer.

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Among musicians, Herbie Hancock ranks 143 out of 2,675Before him are George Martin, Nick Mason, David Guetta, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, and Mariss Jansons. After him are Quincy Jones, Don Cherry, Joe Hisaishi, Bono, Ludovico Einaudi, and Jacqueline du Pré.

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Among people born in 1940, Herbie Hancock ranks 55Before him are H. R. Giger, Eduardo Galeano, Tarō Asō, James Cromwell, Raquel Welch, and Denis Law. After him are Raul Julia, Shahnaz Pahlavi, Abdurrahman Wahid, John Gotti, Jacques Rancière, and Burt Young.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Herbie Hancock ranks 834 out of 15,968Before him are Jerry Stiller (1927), Robert Knepper (1959), Tommy Hilfiger (1951), Burgess Meredith (1907), Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. (1888), and Zelda Fitzgerald (1900). After him are Melanie Griffith (1957), Quincy Jones (1933), Norman Rockwell (1894), Jane Addams (1860), Luke Perry (1966), and Don Cherry (1936).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Herbie Hancock ranks 40Before him are Ray Manzarek (1939), Lady Gaga (1986), Jerry Lee Lewis (1935), Ice-T (1958), Dave Brubeck (1920), and Dizzy Gillespie (1917). After him are Quincy Jones (1933), Don Cherry (1936), Cyndi Lauper (1953), Keith Jarrett (1945), James Hetfield (1963), and Chick Corea (1941).

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