Wes Montgomery

1923 - 1968

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John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery (March 6, 1923 – June 15, 1968) was an American jazz guitarist. Montgomery was known for an unusual technique of plucking the strings with the side of his thumb and his extensive use of octaves, which gave him a distinctive sound. Montgomery often worked with his brothers Buddy (Charles F.) and Monk (William H.) and with organist Melvin Rhyne. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wes Montgomery has received more than 1,207,241 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Wes Montgomery is the 431st most popular musician (down from 372nd in 2019), the 2,380th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,060th in 2019) and the 130th most popular Musician.

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Among musicians, Wes Montgomery ranks 431 out of 2,662Before him are Matthias Jabs, Bud Powell, George Young, Alice Herz-Sommer, Josef Hofmann, and Donovan. After him are Joan Manuel Serrat, Alicia de Larrocha, Phil Rudd, Joe Perry, Artur Schnabel, and Michel Polnareff.

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Among people born in 1923, Wes Montgomery ranks 106Before him are Robert Maxwell, Belisario Betancur, Uziel Gal, Ernst Nolte, Conrad Bain, and Svetozar Gligorić. After him are Alicia de Larrocha, Uri Avnery, Richard Pipes, Dexter Gordon, Irvin Kershner, and Masao Ono. Among people deceased in 1968, Wes Montgomery ranks 65Before him are Cassandre, Konstantin Paustovsky, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, Cornell Woolrich, Thomas Merton, and Mario Roatta. After him are Hyacinth Graf Strachwitz, Ryszard Siwiec, Augustin Bea, Hans Cramer, Jo Schlesser, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Wes Montgomery ranks 2,380 out of 18,182Before him are Sam Rockwell (1968), Merian C. Cooper (1893), Nicholas Murray Butler (1862), Bruce Beutler (1957), Dick Sargent (1930), and Casey Affleck (1975). After him are Henry Murray (1893), Nick Holonyak (1928), Thomas Gordon (1918), Henry H. Arnold (1886), Fredric March (1897), and Joe Perry (1950).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Wes Montgomery ranks 130Before him are Peggy Lee (1920), John Phillips (1935), Maurice White (1941), Lester Young (1909), Van Cliburn (1934), and Bud Powell (1924). After him are Joe Perry (1950), Tom Fogerty (1941), Cannonball Adderley (1928), Dexter Gordon (1923), Richie Sambora (1959), and Billy Ray Cyrus (1961).