Johnny Griffin

1928 - 2008

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John Arnold Griffin III (April 24, 1928 – July 25, 2008) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. Nicknamed "the Little Giant" for his short stature and forceful playing, Griffin's career began in the mid-1940s and continued until the month of his death. A pioneering figure in hard bop, Griffin recorded prolifically as a bandleader in addition to stints with pianist Thelonious Monk, drummer Art Blakey, in partnership with fellow tenor Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and as a member of the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band after he moved to Europe in the 1960s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johnny Griffin has received more than 169,417 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Johnny Griffin is the 1,217th most popular musician (up from 1,231st in 2019), the 5,997th most popular biography from United States and the 479th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Johnny Griffin ranks 1,217 out of 2,675Before him are Jay Chou, Phạm Duy, Dizzy Reed, Max Martin, Skip James, and Dion DiMucci. After him are Sabine Meyer, Harry Winter, Ronnie Radke, Jay Kay, Chuck Mangione, and Hubert Sumlin.

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Among people born in 1928, Johnny Griffin ranks 348Before him are Serge Bourguignon, Kate Wilhelm, Roald Aas, Ann Blyth, Dick Van Patten, and Hidetaka Nishiyama. After him are Anita Brookner, Othmar Schneider, Ján Zachara, Alice Drummond, Marian Seldes, and Joe Morello. Among people deceased in 2008, Johnny Griffin ranks 205Before him are William Gibson, Levy Mwanawasa, Raúl Reyes, Choi Jin-sil, Ignazio Fabra, and Hidetaka Nishiyama. After him are John Templeton, John List, Peter Poreku Dery, Béatrix Beck, Natalia Bessmertnova, and Nikolai Baibakov.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Johnny Griffin ranks 5,997 out of 15,968Before him are Dizzy Reed (1963), John C. Slater (1900), Chuck Schumer (1950), Skip James (1902), Tina Fey (1970), and Dion DiMucci (1939). After him are Amanda Bearse (1958), Edward Burns (1968), Cameron Boyce (1999), Monte Hellman (1932), Smedley Butler (1881), and Jack Albertson (1907).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Johnny Griffin ranks 479Before him are Bruce Johnston (1942), Patti Scialfa (1953), Johnny Mercer (1909), Dizzy Reed (1963), Skip James (1902), and Dion DiMucci (1939). After him are Ronnie Radke (1983), Chuck Mangione (1940), Hubert Sumlin (1931), Edgar Winter (1946), Pat Torpey (1953), and Steve Swallow (1940).