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John Phillips

1935 - 2001

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John Edmund Andrew Phillips (August 30, 1935 – March 18, 2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was the leader of the vocal group the Mamas & the Papas and remains frequently referred to as Papa John Phillips. In addition to writing the majority of the group's compositions, he also wrote "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" in 1967 for former Journeymen bandmate Scott McKenzie, as well as the oft-covered "Me and My Uncle", which was a favorite in the repertoire of the Grateful Dead. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Phillips has received more than 79,371 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). John Phillips is the 413th most popular musician (up from 492nd in 2019), the 2,311th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,600th in 2019) and the 125th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, John Phillips ranks 413 out of 2,662Before him are Flea, Jelly Roll Morton, Peggy Lee, Marguerite Long, Tatiana Nikolayeva, and Stevie Young. After him are Andy Summers, Maurice White, Christoph Eschenbach, Alexander Siloti, Dionisio Aguado y García, and Paul Rodgers.

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Among people born in 1935, John Phillips ranks 104Before him are Luis del Sol, Lajos Tichy, Jerry Orbach, Tsutomu Hata, Jan Saudek, and André Brink. After him are Robert Silverberg, Mário Coluna, Chaim Topol, Bruno Sammartino, Charles Grodin, and Paula Rego. Among people deceased in 2001, John Phillips ranks 63Before him are Joey Ramone, Perry Como, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Chet Atkins, Marvin Harris, and Birendra of Nepal. After him are Seishiro Shimatani, Princess Maria Francesca of Savoy, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Hannelore Kohl, Anna Mani, and Francisco Varela.

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Among people born in United States, John Phillips ranks 2,311 out of 18,182Before him are Danny Elfman (1953), Woody Strode (1914), LP (1981), Chad Hurley (1977), Edwin G. Krebs (1918), and Donald Judd (1928). After him are Mickey Cohen (1913), Billy Drago (1945), Robert Silverberg (1935), Paul Bremer (1941), Sarah Wayne Callies (1977), and Warren Christopher (1925).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, John Phillips ranks 125Before him are Wayne Shorter (1933), John Frusciante (1970), Chet Atkins (1924), Duane Allman (1946), Jelly Roll Morton (1890), and Peggy Lee (1920). After him are Maurice White (1941), Lester Young (1909), Van Cliburn (1934), Bud Powell (1924), Wes Montgomery (1923), and Joe Perry (1950).