Rory Gallagher

1948 - 1995

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William Rory Gallagher ( GAL-ə-hər; 2 March 1948 – 14 June 1995) was an Irish musician and songwriter. He is known for his virtuosic style of guitar playing, and is often referred to as "the greatest guitarist you've never heard of". A number of guitarists, including Alex Lifeson of Rush, Brian May of Queen, and Eric Clapton, have cited Gallagher as an influence. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rory Gallagher has received more than 3,946,474 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Rory Gallagher is the 183rd most popular musician (up from 200th in 2019), the 37th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 35th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Irish Musician.

Rory Gallagher is most famous for his guitar playing and his blues-rock style.

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  • 3.9M

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  • 62.36

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  • 40

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  • 5.64

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  • 3.48

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among musicians, Rory Gallagher ranks 183 out of 3,175Before him are Ritchie Valens, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bono, Rudolf Schenker, Duff McKagan, and Bernard Haitink. After him are Muddy Waters, Nam June Paik, John Cale, John Paul Jones, Alicia Keys, and Giovanni Battista Martini.

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Among people born in 1948, Rory Gallagher ranks 58Before him are Valentin Ceaușescu, Brian Eno, Ian Paice, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Pim Fortuyn, and Rudolf Schenker. After him are Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, Bille August, Claude Jade, Svetlana Savitskaya, Lluís Llach, and Jerzy Kukuczka. Among people deceased in 1995, Rory Gallagher ranks 40Before him are Christian B. Anfinsen, Aziz Nesin, Edda Mussolini, Roger Zelazny, Louis Malle, and U Nu. After him are John Vincent Atanasoff, Pierre Schaeffer, Alonzo Church, Ernest Walton, Lita Grey, and Carlos Monzón.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Rory Gallagher ranks 37 out of 549Before him are Bono (1960), Bertie Ahern (1951), Gabriel Byrne (1950), Brendan Gleeson (1955), Francis Beaufort (1774), and John Field (1782). After him are Joseph Murphy (1898), Ernest Walton (1903), Maureen O'Hara (1920), Bob Geldof (1951), Columba (521), and Harald Gille (1103).

Among MUSICIANS In Ireland

Among musicians born in Ireland, Rory Gallagher ranks 2Before him are Bono (1960). After him are Dolores O'Riordan (1971), Gilbert O'Sullivan (1946), Sally Oldfield (1947), Aphex Twin (1971), Moya Brennan (1952), Ronnie Drew (1934), Larry Mullen Jr. (1961), Paddy Moloney (1938), Brian Downey (1951), and Louis Walsh (1952).