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 272,074 page views. Her biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Kathleen Ferrier is the 522nd most popular singer (up from 563rd in 2019), the 1,835th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,930th in 2019) and the 60th most popular British Singer.

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Among singers, Kathleen Ferrier ranks 522 out of 3,541. Before her are Mongo Santamaría, Patrick Hernandez, Paul Di'Anno, Stromae, Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, and Lana Del Rey. After her are Alexis Korner, Juan Gabriel, Gino Paoli, Bobby Kimball, Wilson Pickett, and Brenda Lee.

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Among people born in 1912, Kathleen Ferrier ranks 128Before her are Jacques Bergier, Barbara Hutton, Naoto Tajima, Khertek Anchimaa-Toka, John Cheever, and Josef Blösche. After her are Kristina Söderbaum, Folco Lulli, Maria Montez, Thorbjørn Egner, Domingos da Guia, and Võ Chí Công. Among people deceased in 1953, Kathleen Ferrier ranks 72Before her are Stanisław Wojciechowski, Nikolaos Plastiras, Evgeny Paton, Titta Ruffo, Dámaso Berenguer, and Ernst Reuter. After her are Francesco Saverio Nitti, Lev Mekhlis, Şükrü Saracoğlu, Ralph Linton, Holger Pedersen, and Xu Beihong.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Kathleen Ferrier ranks 1,835 out of 6,924. Before her are Margaret of England (1240), Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847), Charles Gray (1928), Roger Cotes (1682), Paul Di'Anno (1958), and John Latham (1740). After her are Oliver Hart (1948), Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (1984), George Frederic Watts (1817), Tom Felton (1987), Anthony Dawson (1916), and Lilian Harvey (1906).

Among SINGERS In United Kingdom

Among singers born in United Kingdom, Kathleen Ferrier ranks 60Before her are Maggie Reilly (1956), Noel Gallagher (1967), Black (1962), John Wetton (1949), Rick Parfitt (1948), and Paul Di'Anno (1958). After her are Julian Lennon (1963), Jeanette (1951), Graham Bonnet (1947), Mary Hopkin (1950), Ed Sheeran (1991), and Peter Frampton (1950).