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 2,809,263 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Thelonious Monk is the 175th most popular musician (down from 143rd in 2019), the 1,012th most popular biography from United States (down from 803rd in 2019) and the 50th 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 175 out of 2,675Before him are Alfred Cortot, Paolo Conte, Giovanni Battista Martini, Gene Simmons, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and Emil Gilels. After him are Bill Haley, Chris Isaak, Lionel Richie, Wilhelm Kempff, Pete Seeger, and Rory Gallagher.

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Among people born in 1917, Thelonious Monk ranks 44Before him are Jack Kirby, James Rainwater, Joan Clarke, Robert Burns Woodward, Danielle Darrieux, and Algirdas Julien Greimas. After him are Violeta Parra, Maurice Duverger, Dinu Lipatti, Susan Hayward, Hirokazu Ninomiya, and Vera Lynn. Among people deceased in 1982, Thelonious Monk ranks 45Before him are Peter Weiss, William Giauque, Walter Hallstein, Anna German, Varlam Shalamov, and Władysław Gomułka. After him are Hugo Theorell, Gershom Scholem, Meša Selimović, Hermann Balck, Vladimir K. Zworykin, and Takashi Shimura.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Thelonious Monk ranks 1,012 out of 15,968Before him are Billy Joel (1949), Scott Wilson (1942), Frederick Cook (1865), Kathryn Bigelow (1951), Irving Stone (1903), and Jonathan Banks (1947). After him are Timothy Leary (1920), Jake LaMotta (1922), Bill Haley (1925), Jerry West (1938), Robert Noyce (1927), and Meg Ryan (1961).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Thelonious Monk ranks 50Before him are Keith Jarrett (1945), James Hetfield (1963), Chick Corea (1941), Willie Nelson (1933), Stan Getz (1927), and Muddy Waters (1913). After him are Bill Haley (1925), Chris Isaak (1956), Lionel Richie (1949), Pete Seeger (1919), Alicia Keys (1981), and J. J. Cale (1938).