Pete Townshend

1945 - Today

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Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (; born 19 May 1945) is an English musician. He is the co-founder, guitarist, second lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the Who, one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pete Townshend has received more than 7,212,346 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Pete Townshend is the 32nd most popular musician (up from 215th in 2019), the 193rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 832nd in 2019) and the 13th most popular British Musician.

Pete Townshend is most famous for being the guitarist and songwriter for the British rock band The Who. He is also known for being the author of the rock opera Tommy.

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  • 7.2M

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  • 70.71

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  • 49

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 11.51

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.25

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among musicians, Pete Townshend ranks 32 out of 3,175Before him are Leopold Mozart, Scatman John, Brian May, Roger Waters, Maurice Gibb, and Arthur Rubinstein. After him are Alexander Glazunov, Frank Zappa, Keith Richards, Giuseppe Tartini, Sting, and David Gilmour.

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Among people born in 1945, Pete Townshend ranks 19Before him are Eric Clapton, Helen Mirren, Daniel Ortega, Jupp Heynckes, Priscilla Presley, and Ehud Olmert. After him are Eddy Merckx, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Mircea Lucescu, Yoshinori Ohsumi, and Björn Ulvaeus.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Pete Townshend ranks 193 out of 8,785Before him are Tony Blair (1953), Thomas Henry Huxley (1825), Saint Ursula (400), Jason Statham (1967), Arthur Henderson (1863), and Ken Loach (1936). After him are Arnold J. Toynbee (1889), Mary Wollstonecraft (1759), Charles II of England (1630), William Golding (1911), James Chadwick (1891), and John Wycliffe (1324).

Among MUSICIANS In United Kingdom

Among musicians born in United Kingdom, Pete Townshend ranks 13Before him are Bon Scott (1946), Mark Knopfler (1949), Cat Stevens (1948), Eric Clapton (1945), Brian May (1947), and Roger Waters (1943). After him are Keith Richards (1943), Sting (1951), David Gilmour (1946), Syd Barrett (1946), Jimmy Page (1944), and Roger Taylor (1949).