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Ma Rainey

1886 - 1939

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Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (née Pridgett; April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939) was an American blues singer and influential early blues recording artist. Dubbed the "Mother of the Blues", she bridged earlier vaudeville and the authentic expression of southern blues, influencing a generation of blues singers. Rainey was known for her powerful vocal abilities, energetic disposition, majestic phrasing, and a "moaning" style of singing. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ma Rainey has received more than 3,581,775 page views. Her biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Ma Rainey is the 584th most popular musician (up from 1,269th in 2019), the 3,058th most popular biography from United States (up from 6,281st in 2019) and the 179th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Ma Rainey ranks 584 out of 2,662Before her are Victor Young, Tim Rice, Paul Tortelier, Phil Lynott, Al Di Meola, and Lee Morgan. After her are Carl Flesch, Walter Gieseking, Alan Wilder, Nikki Sixx, Curtis Mayfield, and İdil Biret.

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Among people born in 1886, Ma Rainey ranks 108Before her are Otto von Knobelsdorff, Ty Cobb, Chester Barnard, Salvador de Madariaga, Tarsila do Amaral, and Muhamed Mehmedbašić. After her are Ğabdulla Tuqay, Lyuh Woon-hyung, André Marty, Prince Adalbert of Bavaria, Georgios Tsolakoglou, and Leo G. Carroll. Among people deceased in 1939, Ma Rainey ranks 64Before her are Johann Strauss III, Yevgeny Miller, Evald Aav, Arthur Rackham, S. S. Van Dine, and Xu Shichang. After her are Max Skladanowsky, Kyōka Izumi, Konstantin Somov, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Henri Le Sidaner, and Francisco León de la Barra.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ma Rainey ranks 3,058 out of 18,182Before her are Archie Moore (1916), Matthew Modine (1959), Al Di Meola (1954), Dinah Washington (1924), Lee Morgan (1938), and Jim Garrison (1921). After her are Vanessa Williams (1963), James S. Sherman (1855), John Hughes (1950), Marie Smith Jones (1918), Daniel Carleton Gajdusek (1923), and James Rothman (1950).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Ma Rainey ranks 179Before her are Eddie Vedder (1964), Chad Smith (1961), Tico Torres (1953), Victor Young (1900), Al Di Meola (1954), and Lee Morgan (1938). After her are Nikki Sixx (1958), Curtis Mayfield (1942), Willy DeVille (1950), Lead Belly (1888), Ben Webster (1909), and Dick Dale (1937).