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Christa Päffgen ([ˈkʁɪsta ˈpɛfɡən]; 16 October 1938 – 18 July 1988), known by her stage name Nico, was a German singer, songwriter, actress and model. She had roles in several films, including Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960) and Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls (1966). Reviewer Richard Goldstein describes Nico as "half goddess, half icicle" and writes that her distinctive voice "sounds something like a cello getting up in the morning".At the insistence of Warhol, she sang on three 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 4,858,756 page views. Her biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Nico is the 38th most popular singer (down from 36th in 2019), the 224th most popular biography from Germany (down from 207th 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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Among singers, Nico ranks 38 out of 3,528Before her are Barry White, Nana Mouskouri, James Brown, Jacques Brel, Patti Smith, and Plácido Domingo. After her are Amanda Lear, Andrea Bocelli, Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Dassin, Mireille Mathieu, and Nina Simone.

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Among people born in 1938, Nico ranks 11Before her are Claudia Cardinale, Adriano Celentano, Jon Voight, Rudolf Nureyev, Queen Sofía of Spain, and Leonid Kuchma. After her are Islam Karimov, Farah Pahlavi, Joe Dassin, Paul Verhoeven, Christopher Lloyd, and Alberto Fujimori. Among people deceased in 1988, Nico ranks 4Before her are Richard Feynman, Enzo Ferrari, and Georgy Malenkov. After her are Valery Legasov, Ernst Ruska, Chet Baker, Kurt Georg Kiesinger, Robert A. Heinlein, Isidor Isaac Rabi, Nikolaas Tinbergen, and Chiang Ching-kuo.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Nico ranks 224 out of 6,142Before her are Hans Memling (1435), Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb (1876), Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729), Walter Ulbricht (1893), Eduard Bernstein (1850), and Wilhelm Frick (1877). After her are Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880), Thomas Müntzer (1489), Herbert Marcuse (1898), Albert Kesselring (1885), John of Austria (1547), and Ludwig Erhard (1897).

Among SINGERS In Germany

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