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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 1,153,581 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Lester Young is the 420th most popular musician (down from 308th in 2019), the 2,346th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,682nd in 2019) and the 127th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Lester Young ranks 420 out of 2,662Before him are Andy Summers, Maurice White, Christoph Eschenbach, Alexander Siloti, Dionisio Aguado y García, and Paul Rodgers. After him are Greg Lake, Alvin Lee, Van Cliburn, Richard Z. Kruspe, Matthias Jabs, and Bud Powell.

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Among people born in 1909, Lester Young ranks 81Before him are Werner Naumann, Mikhail Mil, Golo Mann, Franz Six, Malcolm Lowry, and Guy de Rothschild. After him are Bernd Rosemeyer, Roberto Burle Marx, Kinuyo Tanaka, Juan Carlos Onetti, Ryszard Siwiec, and William M. Branham. Among people deceased in 1959, Lester Young ranks 53Before him are Barthélemy Boganda, Grock, Aleksandar Tsankov, Victor McLaglen, Edvard Eriksen, and Karl Mauss. After him are Albert Ketèlbey, Curt Sachs, George Reeves, Dmitry Manuilsky, George Antheil, and Benjamin Péret.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Lester Young ranks 2,346 out of 18,182Before him are William Joyce (1906), Don S. Davis (1942), Eddie Eagan (1897), Chris Noth (1954), Cornell Woolrich (1903), and Katy Perry (1984). After him are Robert B. Laughlin (1950), Annie Oakley (1860), Harry Dexter White (1892), Stefanie Powers (1942), Daniel Stern (1957), and Grace Moore (1898).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Lester Young ranks 127Before him are Chet Atkins (1924), Duane Allman (1946), Jelly Roll Morton (1890), Peggy Lee (1920), John Phillips (1935), and Maurice White (1941). After him are Van Cliburn (1934), Bud Powell (1924), Wes Montgomery (1923), Joe Perry (1950), Tom Fogerty (1941), and Cannonball Adderley (1928).