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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 3,403,208 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Thelonious Monk is the 148th most popular musician (up from 175th in 2019), the 879th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,011th in 2019) and the 44th 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 148 out of 2,662Before him are Ian Stewart, Ritchie Valens, Hans von Bülow, James Hetfield, Malcolm Young, and Nick Mason. After him are Tony Iommi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Arnaut Daniel, Frank Farian, Giovanni Battista Martini, and Joseph Joachim.

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Among people born in 1917, Thelonious Monk ranks 36Before him are George Gaynes, Ferdinand Marcos, Dizzy Gillespie, Algirdas Julien Greimas, Danielle Darrieux, and John Lee Hooker. After him are Edward Norton Lorenz, Robert Burns Woodward, Barry Nelson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Kiro Gligorov, and Fernando Rey. Among people deceased in 1982, Thelonious Monk ranks 38Before him are Georges Perec, Curd Jürgens, Cevdet Sunay, John Belushi, Stanford Moore, and Władysław Gomułka. After him are Jiro Horikoshi, Walther Wenck, Lee Strasberg, Peter Weiss, E. H. Carr, and William Giauque.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Thelonious Monk ranks 879 out of 18,182Before him are Solomon Northup (1808), Jack Palance (1919), Lex Barker (1919), Mae West (1893), Glenn T. Seaborg (1912), and Jean Harlow (1911). After him are Phil Spector (1939), Ferid Murad (1936), John L. Hall (1934), Sinclair Lewis (1885), Halle Berry (1966), and Little Richard (1932).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Thelonious Monk ranks 44Before him are Ice-T (1958), Lionel Richie (1949), Dizzy Gillespie (1917), Ike Turner (1931), Ritchie Valens (1941), and James Hetfield (1963). After him are Stan Getz (1927), Don Cherry (1936), Dave Brubeck (1920), Cyndi Lauper (1953), Willie Nelson (1933), and Herbie Hancock (1940).