Sun Ra

1914 - 1993

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Le Sony'r Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, May 22, 1914 – May 30, 1993), better known as Sun Ra, was an American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, and poet known for his experimental music, "cosmic" philosophy, prolific output, and theatrical performances. For much of his career, Ra led "The Arkestra", an ensemble with an ever-changing name and flexible line-up. Born and raised in Alabama, Blount became involved in the Chicago jazz scene during the late 1940s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sun Ra has received more than 1,555,626 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Sun Ra is the 648th most popular composer (down from 556th in 2019), the 3,072nd most popular biography from United States (down from 2,451st in 2019) and the 37th most popular American Composer.

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Among composers, Sun Ra ranks 648 out of 1,228Before him are Georg Joseph Vogler, Ernest Guiraud, Tikhon Khrennikov, Francisco Guerrero, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, and Carlos Seixas. After him are Alexander Gretchaninov, Adolf von Henselt, Basil Poledouris, Josef Bohuslav Foerster, Carl Millöcker, and Luis de Narváez.

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Among people born in 1914, Sun Ra ranks 129Before him are Martin Ritt, Tito Okello, Jens Otto Krag, Paul Tortelier, Ralph Erskine, and Budd Schulberg. After him are Jerry Siegel, Felice Borel, Gyula Cseszneky, Beatrice Straight, Dobri Dobrev, and Reuben Fine. Among people deceased in 1993, Sun Ra ranks 85Before him are Marian Anderson, Józef Czapski, József Antall, John Tuzo Wilson, Héctor Lavoe, and Raymond Burr. After him are Tatiana Nikolayeva, Felice Borel, Frunzik Mkrtchyan, Maurice Yaméogo, Euronymous, and Deke Slayton.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Sun Ra ranks 3,072 out of 15,968Before him are Richard Lester (1932), Dan Gurney (1931), Don Henley (1947), Jerry Sloan (1942), Lana Del Rey (1985), and William E. Moerner (1953). After him are Fred Lawrence Whipple (1906), Michael Rosbash (1944), Eric Stoltz (1961), Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (1909), David Ausubel (1918), and Bobby Kimball (1947).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Sun Ra ranks 37Before him are Alex North (1910), John Adams (1947), George Antheil (1900), Michael Kamen (1948), Jerome Kern (1885), and Ernest Guiraud (1837). After him are Basil Poledouris (1945), Harold Arlen (1905), Dave Grusin (1934), Thomas Newman (1955), La Monte Young (1935), and Stephen Sondheim (1930).