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Jaco Pastorius

1951 - 1987

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John Francis "Jaco" Pastorius III (; December 1, 1951 – September 21, 1987) was an American jazz bassist, composer, and producer. He recorded albums as a solo artist and band leader and was a member of the jazz fusion group Weather Report from 1976 to 1981. He also collaborated with numerous artists, including Pat Metheny and Joni Mitchell.His bass style was influenced by funk and employed the use of fretless bass, lyrical solos, bass chords and innovative use of harmonics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jaco Pastorius has received more than 4,248,684 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Jaco Pastorius is the 196th most popular musician (up from 246th in 2019), the 1,127th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,398th in 2019) and the 56th most popular American Musician.

Jaco Pastorius is most famous for being a jazz bassist and composer. He is also known for being the first electric bass player to utilize a five-string instrument.

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Among musicians, Jaco Pastorius ranks 196 out of 2,662Before him are Amy Winehouse, Kitarō, Alfred Cortot, Alfred Brendel, Nikolai Rubinstein, and Gidon Kremer. After him are Violeta Parra, Rory Gallagher, Giovanni Battista Viotti, Maria João Pires, Georges Prêtre, and Joe Satriani.

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Among people born in 1951, Jaco Pastorius ranks 35Before him are Gordon Brown, Kathryn Bigelow, Chris Rea, David Coverdale, Jill Biden, and Kenny Dalglish. After him are Blaise Compaoré, Chesley Sullenberger, Bertie Ahern, Salva Kiir Mayardit, Kevin Keegan, and Queen Noor of Jordan. Among people deceased in 1987, Jaco Pastorius ranks 30Before him are Jacqueline du Pré, Lee Marvin, Joseph Campbell, Jacques Anquetil, Jean Anouilh, and Nobusuke Kishi. After him are Georg Wittig, Erskine Caldwell, André Masson, Anthony de Mello, Henry Ford II, and Douglas Sirk.

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Among people born in United States, Jaco Pastorius ranks 1,127 out of 18,182Before him are Jordan Belfort (1962), Mr. T (1952), Jeff Koons (1955), Jimmy Connors (1952), Liliʻuokalani (1838), and Robert Knepper (1959). After him are Lance Henriksen (1940), Richard Matheson (1926), Ron Jeremy (1953), Louis Ignarro (1941), Stephen Crane (1871), and James Brendan Connolly (1868).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Jaco Pastorius ranks 56Before him are Herbie Hancock (1940), Keith Jarrett (1945), Chris Isaak (1956), Jerry Lee Lewis (1935), Alicia Keys (1981), and Muddy Waters (1913). After him are Joe Satriani (1956), Pete Seeger (1919), Snoop Dogg (1971), Lenny Kravitz (1964), Bill Haley (1925), and Duff McKagan (1964).

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