Joe Sample

1939 - 2014

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Joseph Leslie Sample (February 1, 1939 – September 12, 2014) was an American keyboardist and composer. He was one of the founding members of the Jazz Crusaders, the band which became simply the Crusaders in 1971, and remained a part of the group until its final album in 1991 (not including the 2003 reunion album Rural Renewal). Beginning in the 1970s, he enjoyed a successful solo career and guested on many recordings by other performers and groups, including Miles Davis, George Benson, Jimmy Witherspoon, B. B. King, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Anita Baker, and the Supremes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joe Sample has received more than 410,417 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Joe Sample is the 1,108th most popular musician (up from 1,109th in 2019), the 5,502nd most popular biography from United States (down from 5,364th in 2019) and the 421st most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Joe Sample ranks 1,108 out of 2,675Before him are Frank Beard, John Myung, Frankie Knuckles, Bob Ezrin, Bert Jansch, and Ketil Bjørnstad. After him are Paco Peña, Al Jardine, Shavo Odadjian, David Ellefson, Herbie Mann, and Pino Daniele.

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Among people born in 1939, Joe Sample ranks 303Before him are Claudette Colvin, Flavio Cotti, Christodoulos of Athens, Litokwa Tomeing, Maeve Binchy, and Carolee Schneemann. After him are Livio Berruti, Harold E. Varmus, Len Cariou, Wilhelmina Cooper, Ron Atkinson, and Franjo Gregurić. Among people deceased in 2014, Joe Sample ranks 243Before him are Arnoldo Foà, Pierre Bec, Mohammed Fahim, Brian Hart, Frankie Knuckles, and Stefan Bozhkov. After him are Marilyn Burns, Åke Johansson, Jean-Jacques Marcel, Dietmar Schönherr, Sid Caesar, and Yoshihito, Prince Katsura.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Joe Sample ranks 5,502 out of 15,968Before him are Paula Fox (1923), Randal Kleiser (1946), James J. Jeffries (1875), Abbey Lincoln (1930), James Harden (1989), and Clint Walker (1927). After him are John Wooden (1910), Shailene Woodley (1991), William Merritt Chase (1849), Herman J. Mankiewicz (1897), Al Jardine (1942), and Bob Crane (1928).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Joe Sample ranks 421Before him are Dave Alexander (1947), Vinnie Colaiuta (1956), Gene Pitney (1940), Frank Beard (1949), John Myung (1967), and Frankie Knuckles (1955). After him are Al Jardine (1942), David Ellefson (1964), Herbie Mann (1930), Joey Jordison (1975), Kate Pierson (1948), and Marty Balin (1942).

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