1938 - 1988

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Christa Päffgen (16 October 1938 – 18 July 1988), known by her stage name Nico, was a German singer, songwriter, musician, model, and actress. She had roles in several films, including Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960) and Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls (1966). At the insistence of Warhol, she sang on four songs of the Velvet Underground's debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nico has received more than 3,957,309 page views. Her biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Nico is the 36th most popular singer (up from 37th in 2019), the 207th most popular biography from Germany (up from 209th in 2019) and the most popular German Singer.

Nico is most famous for her contributions to the Velvet Underground, a rock band she was a part of with Lou Reed, John Cale, and Sterling Morrison. She also had a solo career and released five studio albums.

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  • 42

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  • 10.27

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  • 2.19

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Among singers, Nico ranks 36 out of 3,541Before her are Nana Mouskouri, Brian Johnson, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Serge Gainsbourg, and Barry White. After her are Andrea Bocelli, Jacques Brel, Nina Simone, Amanda Lear, Ozzy Osbourne, and Joe Cocker.

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Among people born in 1938, Nico ranks 12Before her are Rudolf Nureyev, Adriano Celentano, Jon Voight, Queen Sofía of Spain, Farah Pahlavi, and Christopher Lloyd. After her are Jerry Brown, Anthony Giddens, Alberto Fujimori, Islam Karimov, Joe Dassin, and Luis Aragonés. Among people deceased in 1988, Nico ranks 4Before her are Richard Feynman, Enzo Ferrari, and Valery Legasov. After her are Georgy Malenkov, Ernst Ruska, Chet Baker, Nikolaas Tinbergen, Robert A. Heinlein, Kurt Georg Kiesinger, Isidor Isaac Rabi, and Roy Orbison.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Nico ranks 207 out of 5,289Before her are Erich Hartmann (1922), Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846), Konstantin von Neurath (1873), Magda Goebbels (1901), Michael Schumacher (1969), and Wilhelm, German Crown Prince (1882). After her are Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor (980), Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor (990), Adam Weishaupt (1748), Anne of Cleves (1515), Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717), and Arnulf of Carinthia (850).

Among SINGERS In Germany

Among singers born in Germany, Nico ranks 1After her are Constanze Mozart (1762), Anna Magdalena Bach (1701), Klaus Meine (1948), Dieter Bohlen (1954), Sandra (1962), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1925), Ivan Rebroff (1931), Nina Hagen (1955), Thomas Anders (1963), Nena (1960), and Tarkan (1972).