Thelonious Monk

1917 - 1982

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Thelonious Sphere Monk ( October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. He had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "'Round Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Straight, No Chaser", "Ruby, My Dear", "In Walked Bud", and "Well, You Needn't". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thelonious Monk has received more than 3,946,005 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Thelonious Monk is the 227th most popular musician (down from 149th in 2019), the 1,275th most popular biography from United States (down from 879th in 2019) and the 65th most popular American Musician.

Thelonious Monk is most famous for his contributions to jazz and bebop. He was a pianist, composer, and bandleader. He is considered one of the most important jazz musicians of the 20th century.

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Among musicians, Thelonious Monk ranks 227 out of 3,175Before him are Pete Seeger, Jean-Marie Leclair, Mike Shinoda, Jaco Pastorius, Oscar Peterson, and Gianna Nannini. After him are Carla Bley, Cliff Williams, Enrico Macias, Alan Parsons, Romano Mussolini, and Ian Stewart.

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Among people born in 1917, Thelonious Monk ranks 56Before him are John Cornforth, Violeta Parra, Maurice Duverger, William Standish Knowles, Leonora Carrington, and Chung Il-kwon. After him are Susan Hayward, John Fenn, Masahiko Kimura, Asmahan, Herbert Lom, and David Easton. Among people deceased in 1982, Thelonious Monk ranks 53Before him are Peter Weiss, Vladimir K. Zworykin, Gershom Scholem, E. H. Carr, Sobhuza II, and Takashi Shimura. After him are Eduardo Frei Montalva, Mario Del Monaco, Vinoba Bhave, Philip Noel-Baker, Alma Reville, and Marty Feldman.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Thelonious Monk ranks 1,275 out of 20,380Before him are David Morse (1953), Calamity Jane (1852), Dorothy Malone (1924), Jack Elam (1920), George Akerlof (1940), and Francis Gary Powers (1929). After him are Paul Ryan (1970), Christina Onassis (1950), Carla Bley (1936), Alan Silvestri (1950), Robin Cook (1940), and Frederic Edwin Church (1826).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Thelonious Monk ranks 65Before him are Dave Brubeck (1920), Izzy Stradlin (1962), Lady Gaga (1986), Pete Seeger (1919), Mike Shinoda (1977), and Jaco Pastorius (1951). After him are Carla Bley (1936), Dave Mustaine (1961), Ludacris (1977), John Zorn (1953), Don Cherry (1936), and Beck (1970).