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Kathleen Ferrier

1912 - 1953

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Kathleen Mary Ferrier, CBE (22 April 1912 – 8 October 1953) was an English contralto singer who achieved an international reputation as a stage, concert and recording artist, with a repertoire extending from folksong and popular ballads to the classical works of Bach, Brahms, Mahler and Elgar. Her death from cancer, at the height of her fame, was a shock to the musical world and particularly to the general public, which was kept in ignorance of the nature of her illness until after her death. The daughter of a Lancashire village schoolmaster, Ferrier showed early talent as a pianist, and won numerous amateur piano competitions while working as a telephonist with the General Post Office. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kathleen Ferrier has received more than 399,734 page views. Her biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Kathleen Ferrier is the 522nd most popular singer (down from 521st in 2019), the 1,829th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,833rd in 2019) and the 62nd most popular British Singer.

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  • 400k

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  • 53.77

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  • 25

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.69

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.76

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Among singers, Kathleen Ferrier ranks 522 out of 3,528Before her are Michel Sardou, John Lydon, Sharon den Adel, Violetta Villas, Halsey, and Dinah Washington. After her are Georg Ots, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Isabelle Aubret, Limahl, Titta Ruffo, and Lee Hazlewood.

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Among people born in 1912, Kathleen Ferrier ranks 130Before her are Maria Montez, Võ Chí Công, Günther Lützow, Rashid Nezhmetdinov, Alexey Sudayev, and Jacques Bergier. After her are Folco Lulli, Aymoré Moreira, Naoto Tajima, Kurt Sanderling, Rihei Sano, and Martin Schwarzschild. Among people deceased in 1953, Kathleen Ferrier ranks 66Before her are Jim Thorpe, James Finlayson, Nikolaos Plastiras, Francesco Saverio Nitti, Iuliu Maniu, and Hjalmar Hammarskjöld. After her are Titta Ruffo, Dámaso Berenguer, Sergey Belyavsky, Lev Mekhlis, Vsevolod Merkulov, and Şükrü Saracoğlu.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Kathleen Ferrier ranks 1,829 out of 7,765Before her are Ian Callaghan (1942), Alan Sillitoe (1928), William Renshaw (1861), Robert Catesby (1573), Vanessa Bell (1879), and James Dunlop (1793). After her are Alan Wilder (1959), Michael Sheen (1969), Limahl (1958), Edmund Tudor, Duke of Somerset (1499), Malcolm Arnold (1921), and James Stirling (1692).

Among SINGERS In United Kingdom

Among singers born in United Kingdom, Kathleen Ferrier ranks 62Before her are Ed Sheeran (1991), John Wetton (1949), Rick Parfitt (1948), Keith Flint (1969), Sandie Shaw (1947), and John Lydon (1956). After her are Limahl (1958), Jimmy Somerville (1961), Graham Nash (1942), Noel Gallagher (1967), Geri Halliwell (1972), and James Blunt (1974).