Lester Young

1909 - 1959

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Lester Willis Young (August 27, 1909 – March 15, 1959), nicknamed "Pres" or "Prez", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and occasional clarinetist. Coming to prominence while a member of Count Basie's orchestra, Young was one of the most influential players on his instrument. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lester Young has received more than 719,716 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Lester Young is the 308th most popular musician (up from 351st in 2019), the 1,683rd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,864th in 2019) and the 93rd most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Lester Young ranks 308 out of 2,675Before him are Friedrich Kalkbrenner,, Chico Buarque, Ram Narayan, McCoy Tyner, and Avicii. After him are Buddy Guy, Isaac Hayes, Paul Desmond, Léo Ferré, Robert Trujillo, and Chris de Burgh.

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Among people born in 1909, Lester Young ranks 59Before him are Joseph Losey, Rudolf Brandt, Gunnar Björnstrand, Art Tatum, Alain Poher, and Princess Ileana of Romania. After him are Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia, Infanta Beatriz of Spain, Franz Bardon, Stanislaw Ulam, Albert R. Broccoli, and Teiichi Matsumaru. Among people deceased in 1959, Lester Young ranks 37Before him are Wanda Landowska, Raphael Lemkin, Ernest Bloch, Olga Knipper, Cecil B. DeMille, and Edmond Debeaumarché. After him are Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Imre Schlosser, Rudolf Caracciola, Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, D. F. Malan, and Edvard Eriksen.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Lester Young ranks 1,683 out of 15,968Before him are Annette Bening (1958), George Whipple (1878), Stanley Tucci (1960), Lou Ferrigno (1951), Joan Rivers (1933), and Dickinson W. Richards (1895). After him are Annie Oakley (1860), Stonewall Jackson (1824), Buddy Guy (1936), Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960), Sondra Locke (1944), and Melinda Gates (1964).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Lester Young ranks 93Before him are Burt Bacharach (1928), Woody Guthrie (1912), Bo Diddley (1928), Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954), (1975), and McCoy Tyner (1938). After him are Buddy Guy (1936), Isaac Hayes (1942), Paul Desmond (1924), Robert Trujillo (1964), Beck (1970), and Albert King (1923).