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Paul Desmond

1924 - 1977

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Paul Desmond (born Paul Emil Breitenfeld; November 25, 1924 – May 30, 1977) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and composer and proponent of cool jazz. He was a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet and composed that group's biggest hit, "Take Five". In addition to his work with Brubeck, he led several groups and collaborated with Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Jim Hall, and Ed Bickert. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Desmond has received more than 1,034,015 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Paul Desmond is the 314th most popular musician (down from 311th in 2019), the 1,819th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,693rd in 2019) and the 92nd most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Paul Desmond ranks 314 out of 2,662Before him are Mischa Maisky, Matteo Carcassi, Fred Durst, Ian Anderson, Isaac Hayes, and Michael Schenker. After him are Djivan Gasparyan, Franco Battiato, Woody Guthrie, Steve Vai, Salif Keita, and Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovich of Russia.

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Among people born in 1924, Paul Desmond ranks 83Before him are Kenneth Waltz, John Backus, Sverre Fehn, Rudolf Vrba, Jozef Tomko, and Arthur Danto. After him are Kenneth Kaunda, James Black, Israel Tal, Vasil Bykaŭ, Milka Planinc, and Moktar Ould Daddah. Among people deceased in 1977, Paul Desmond ranks 48Before him are Abdel Halim Hafez, John Dickson Carr, Modibo Keïta, Oskar Morgenstern, Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma, and Sepp Herberger. After him are Leopold Stokowski, Princess Margaretha of Sweden, Marc Bolan, Hamida Djandoubi, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and Eduard Roschmann.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Paul Desmond ranks 1,819 out of 18,182Before him are Martin Rodbell (1925), Lucy Liu (1968), Fred Phelps (1929), R. Kelly (1967), Joe Mantegna (1947), and Henry Bergman (1868). After him are Clement Greenberg (1909), David Schwimmer (1966), Mark Blum (1950), Marion Ramsey (1947), George Smith (1941), and Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (1915).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Paul Desmond ranks 92Before him are Glenn Frey (1948), Moby (1965), Johnny Ramone (1948), Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954), Fred Durst (1970), and Isaac Hayes (1942). After him are Woody Guthrie (1912), Steve Vai (1960), Albert King (1923), Scott McKenzie (1939), Ry Cooder (1947), and John Densmore (1944).