James Kottak

1962 - 2024

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James Kottak (December 26, 1962 – January 9, 2024) was an American drummer, best known for his work with the German hard rock band Scorpions, which he joined in 1996. At the time of his firing from the band in 2016, he was their longest-serving drummer. Kottak was also an original member of Kingdom Come, of whom he was their drummer from 1987 to 1989 and again from 2018 to his death in 2024, and he had his own band Kottak, formerly known as KrunK. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Kottak has received more than 793,804 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). James Kottak is the 534th most popular musician (up from 905th in 2019), the 2,754th most popular biography from United States (up from 4,454th in 2019) and the 156th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, James Kottak ranks 534 out of 3,175Before him are Bobby McFerrin, Don Henley, K. K. Downing, Van Cliburn, Freddie King, and Rudolf Kempe. After him are Tito Jackson, Bebo Valdés, Tom Fogerty, Guy Bonnet, Aldo Ciccolini, and Murray Perahia.

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Among people born in 1962, James Kottak ranks 80Before him are Alain Robert, Joan Cusack, Michel Petrucciani, Takashi Murakami, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Stefan Hell. After him are Stefan Kuntz, Sebastian Koch, Choi Min-sik, Manuel Valls, Harlan Coben, and Andre Braugher. Among people deceased in 2024, James Kottak ranks 78Before him are Choe Thae-bok, James Herbert Brennan, Jürgen Moltmann, Sergei Novikov, Rosie Reyes, and Frans Janssens. After him are Levan Tediashvili, Guy Bonnet, Melanie, Donald Adamson, Terry Bisson, and Alberto Festa.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Kottak ranks 2,754 out of 20,380Before him are Cheech Marin (1946), John Ritter (1948), Freddie King (1934), Michael Spence (1943), Ed Asner (1929), and Walter Lantz (1899). After him are John Savage (1949), R. Kelly (1967), Tito Jackson (1953), Tom Fogerty (1941), Chris Kyle (1974), and Scottie Pippen (1965).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, James Kottak ranks 156Before him are Wes Montgomery (1923), Joey DeMaio (1954), Bobby McFerrin (1950), Don Henley (1947), Van Cliburn (1934), and Freddie King (1934). After him are Tito Jackson (1953), Tom Fogerty (1941), Murray Perahia (1947), Buddy Guy (1936), Huey Lewis (1950), and Erroll Garner (1923).