John Rutsey

1952 - 2008

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John Howard Rutsey (July 23, 1952 – May 11, 2008) was a Canadian musician best known as a founding member and original drummer of Rush. He performed on the band's 1974 debut album, but left shortly after its release due to health problems which limited his ability to tour with the band. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Rutsey has received more than 1,037,858 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. John Rutsey is the 2,400th most popular musician (down from 2,252nd in 2019), the 759th most popular biography from Canada (down from 693rd in 2019) and the 33rd most popular Canadian Musician.

Memorability Metrics

  • 1.0M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 39.72

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 17

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.89

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.34

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of John Rutseys by language

Over the past year John Rutsey has had the most page views in the with 128,615 views, followed by Spanish (6,827), and French (3,884). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Norwegian (Nynorsk) (83.81%), Czech (41.75%), and Egyptian Arabic (32.61%)


Among musicians, John Rutsey ranks 2,400 out of 3,175Before him are Aurora, Robb Flynn, Alex Skolnick, Tyler Joseph, Paul Horn, and Charlie Clouser. After him are Albert Heath, Jeff Baxter, Josh White, Bob Ludwig, Cindy Blackman Santana, and DJ Shadow.

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Among people born in 1952, John Rutsey ranks 687Before him are Lakshmi, Ernesto Díaz, Linda M. Godwin, Mario Medina, Bill Pope, and Parveen Shakir. After him are Sanny Åslund, Paul Steinhardt, Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa, Kathryn C. Thornton, Françoise Combes, and Hilkka Riihivuori. Among people deceased in 2008, John Rutsey ranks 382Before him are Julie Ege, George MacDonald Fraser, Tsvetanka Khristova, B. R. Chopra, El Kazovsky, and Francis Pym. After him are Don LaFontaine, Earl Palmer, Levi Stubbs, John S. Bull, Suzanne Tamim, and Lois Nettleton.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, John Rutsey ranks 759 out of 1,622Before him are Carrie Derick (1862), John Kricfalusi (1955), Tom Green (1971), Nelson Kuhn (1937), Cyril Slater (1896), and Eric Johnson (1979). After him are Lindy Booth (1979), George Lyon (1858), Steve Bauer (1959), Art Ross (1885), Wendy Freedman (1957), and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau (1975).

Among MUSICIANS In Canada

Among musicians born in Canada, John Rutsey ranks 33Before him are Jeff Healey (1966), Angela Hewitt (1958), Guy Lombardo (1902), Sarah McLachlan (1968), Devin Townsend (1972), and Shawn Drover (1966). After him are Bruce Fairbairn (1949), Michael Brook (1952), Adam Gontier (1978), Jeff Waters (1966), Isabelle Boulay (1972), and Deadmau5 (1981).