Ray Barretto

1929 - 2006

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Ray Barretto (April 29, 1929 – February 17, 2006) was an American percussionist and bandleader of Puerto Rican ancestry. Throughout his career as a percussionist, he played a wide variety of Latin music styles, as well as Latin jazz. His first hit, "El Watusi", was recorded by his Charanga Moderna in 1962, becoming the most successful pachanga song in the United States. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ray Barretto has received more than 345,982 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia. Ray Barretto is the 854th most popular musician, the 4,269th most popular biography from United States and the 306th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Ray Barretto ranks 854 out of 2,675Before him are Johnny Clegg, Paul Kantner, Krist Novoselic, Daron Malakian, Daevid Allen, and Michael Brecker. After him are Noel Redding, Michael Weikath, Chaka Khan, Carl Tausig, Sabicas, and Herbert Grönemeyer.

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Among people born in 1929, Ray Barretto ranks 243Before him are Liz Sheridan, Hugues Aufray, Ruth Pfau, Hind Rostom, Johan Otto von Spreckelsen, and Claude Goretta. After him are Liselotte Pulver, John Henry Holland, Moses Gunn, Maarten Schmidt, Vija Artmane, and József Tóth. Among people deceased in 2006, Ray Barretto ranks 171Before him are Henri Colpi, Vilgot Sjöman, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Caspar Weinberger, Patricia Kennedy Lawford, and Jean-Louis de Rambures. After him are Andreas Katsulas, Gert Fredriksson, Akira Ifukube, Anita O'Day, Bismillah Khan, and Chris Penn.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ray Barretto ranks 4,269 out of 15,968Before him are James Rebhorn (1948), Alexis Bledel (1981), Leif Erickson (1911), Daniel McFadden (1937), Aldo Leopold (1887), and Rebbie Jackson (1950). After him are Marion Ramsey (1947), Andreas Katsulas (1946), Charles Wuorinen (1938), Ray Walston (1914), Sydne Rome (1951), and Mildred Natwick (1905).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Ray Barretto ranks 306Before him are Louis Jordan (1908), Albert Collins (1932), Paul Kantner (1941), Krist Novoselic (1965), Daron Malakian (1975), and Michael Brecker (1949). After him are Chaka Khan (1953), Ralph Kirkpatrick (1911), Benny Carter (1907), Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935), Ruggiero Ricci (1918), and Big Bill Broonzy (1903).