1949 - 2011

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Michael Richard Burston (23 October 1949 – 9 July 2011), commonly known by the stage name Würzel, was an English musician who played professionally for three decades. He played guitar in British rock band Motörhead from 1984 to 1995, playing on six studio albums and two live albums. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Würzel has received more than 448,880 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Würzel is the 926th most popular musician (down from 877th in 2019), the 2,563rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 2,432nd in 2019) and the 154th most popular British Musician.

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  • 450k

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  • 61.33

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 17

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.22

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.07

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Würzel ranks 926 out of 2,675Before him are Željko Joksimović, John Illsley, Adrien-François Servais, Layne Staley, Son House, and Eddy Grant. After him are Norah Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Fletcher Henderson, Jadranka Stojaković, Philip Catherine, and Jack Nitzsche.

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Among people born in 1949, Würzel ranks 239Before him are Paulo Cézar Caju, Nawaz Sharif, Sabine Azéma, Sally Potter, Ed O'Ross, and John Illsley. After him are Brigitte Mohnhaupt, Owen Arthur, Minette Walters, Peter C. Gøtzsche, Bernhard Cullmann, and Bernd Eichinger. Among people deceased in 2011, Würzel ranks 195Before him are Arnošt Lustig, Karen Khachaturian, Helen Frankenthaler, Sakyo Komatsu, Kurt Nielsen, and Erhard Loretan. After him are José Alencar, Andrée Chedid, Seve Ballesteros, George Shearing, Bernd Eichinger, and Jean Bartik.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Würzel ranks 2,563 out of 6,924Before him are Elaine Paige (1948), Henry Scott Tuke (1858), Gillian Rubinstein (1942), Henry Taylor (1885), Andrew V. McLaglen (1920), and Sue Townsend (1946). After him are Naveen Andrews (1969), Branwell Brontë (1817), Midge Ure (1953), Samuel Frederick Gray (1766), Philip Catherine (1942), and Josephine Butler (1828).

Among MUSICIANS In United Kingdom

Among musicians born in United Kingdom, Würzel ranks 154Before him are Mick Fleetwood (1947), Peter Banks (1947), Carl Cox (1962), Pete Burns (1959), Brian Connolly (1945), and John Illsley (1949). After him are Philip Catherine (1942), Adam Clayton (1960), George Shearing (1919), Roy Harper (1941), Eddie Clarke (1950), and Jimmy Bain (1947).