Sidney Bechet

1897 - 1959

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Sidney Bechet (May 14, 1897 – May 14, 1959) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He was one of the first important soloists in jazz, and first recorded several months before trumpeter Louis Armstrong. His erratic temperament hampered his career, and not until the late 1940s did he earn wide acclaim. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sidney Bechet has received more than 746,810 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Sidney Bechet is the 276th most popular musician (down from 251st in 2019), the 1,639th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,418th in 2019) and the 76th most popular Musician.

Sidney Bechet is most famous for being a jazz clarinetist. He was also a saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, and arranger.

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Among musicians, Sidney Bechet ranks 276 out of 2,662Before him are Luigi Tenco, Chris de Burgh, Enrico Macias, Émile Waldteufel, Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller, and Roger Daltrey. After him are Nick Cave, Beck, Per Gessle, Clara Haskil, Alan Parsons, and

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Among people born in 1897, Sidney Bechet ranks 67Before him are Vito Genovese, Theodor Busse, Marcel Petiot, Winifred Wagner, Karl Löwith, and Elijah Muhammad. After him are Benjamin Lee Whorf, Judith Anderson, Jean Epstein, Thornton Wilder, Philippe Soupault, and Sepp Herberger. Among people deceased in 1959, Sidney Bechet ranks 36Before him are Enrico De Nicola, Alfred Kubin, Mario Lanza, Wanda Landowska, Rudolf Caracciola, and Ernest Bloch. After him are Olga Knipper, Carlos Saavedra Lamas, D. F. Malan, Ichirō Hatoyama, Sisavang Vong, and Edmond Debeaumarché.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Sidney Bechet ranks 1,639 out of 18,182Before him are Kirstie Alley (1951), James Baldwin (1924), Chris Pratt (1979), Evander Holyfield (1962), Paul L. Smith (1936), and Kelly Lynch (1959). After him are Billy Crystal (1948), Agnes Moorehead (1900), Henry Steel Olcott (1832), Robert Fogel (1926), Ray Ewry (1873), and Elmer Bernstein (1922).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Sidney Bechet ranks 76Before him are Sonny Rollins (1930), Art Blakey (1919), John Zorn (1953), Fats Domino (1928), Eddie Cochran (1938), and Art Tatum (1909). After him are Beck (1970), (1975), Dave Mustaine (1961), Ornette Coleman (1930), Sixto Rodriguez (1942), and Eric Carr (1950).