Klaus Nomi

1944 - 1983

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Klaus Sperber (January 24, 1944 – August 6, 1983), known professionally as Klaus Nomi, was a German countertenor noted for his wide vocal range and an unusual, otherworldly stage persona. Nomi was known for his bizarrely visionary theatrical live performances, heavy make-up, unusual costumes, and a highly stylized signature hairdo that flaunted a receding hairline. His songs were equally unusual, ranging from synthesizer-laden interpretations of classical opera to covers of 1960s pop standards like Chubby Checker's "The Twist" and Lou Christie's "Lightnin' Strikes". He is remembered in the United States as one of David Bowie's backup singers for a 1979 performance on Saturday Night Live.Nomi died in 1983 at the age of 39 as a result of complications from AIDS. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Klaus Nomi has received more than 989,520 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Klaus Nomi is the 220th most popular musician (up from 255th in 2019), the 1,041st most popular biography from Germany (down from 148th in 2019) and the 9th most popular German Musician.

Klaus nomi is most famous for his work in the field of nanotechnology. In the 1980s, he was one of the first to explore the use of nanotechnology for drug delivery.

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Among musicians, Klaus Nomi ranks 220 out of 2,675Before him are Romano Mussolini, Lucio Dalla, Mauro Giuliani, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, Eddie Cochran, and Fats Domino. After him are Ike Turner, Art Blakey, Peter Tosh, Louis Vierne, Carl Michael Bellman, and Georges Prêtre.

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Among people born in 1944, Klaus Nomi ranks 67Before him are Günter Netzer, R. Lee Ermey, Bernhard Schlink, Peter Weir, Robert Powell, and Jeroen Krabbé. After him are Bernard Hill, Kim Yong-il, Peter Tosh, François Cevert, Makoto Kobayashi, and Ian McDiarmid. Among people deceased in 1983, Klaus Nomi ranks 33Before him are Aleksandar Ranković, Luis Monti, Robert Aldrich, Georges Auric, Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, and Mercè Rodoreda. After him are Maurice Ronet, Jack Dempsey, Prince Charles, Count of Flanders, Benigno Aquino Jr., Alberto Ginastera, and Dolores del Río.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Klaus Nomi ranks 1,041 out of 5,289Before him are Gottfried Benn (1886), William V, Duke of Bavaria (1548), Herta Oberheuser (1911), Carl Reinecke (1824), Johann Adam Schall von Bell (1591), and Ernst Gräfenberg (1881). After him are August von Wassermann (1866), Carsten Niebuhr (1733), Conrad Schumann (1942), Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal (1857), Peter Minuit (1589), and Amalia of Oldenburg (1818).

Among MUSICIANS In Germany

Among musicians born in Germany, Klaus Nomi ranks 9Before him are Hans von Bülow (1830), James Last (1929), Till Lindemann (1963), Florian Schneider (1947), Frank Farian (1941), and Wilhelm Kempff (1895). After him are André Previn (1929), Rudolf Schenker (1948), Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller (1806), Friedrich Kalkbrenner (1784), Wilhelm Backhaus (1884), and Ralf Hütter (1946).