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List of famous male bandleaders, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male bandleaders list contains the most prominent and top males known for being bandleaders. There are thousand of males working as bandleaders in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic bandleaders have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a bandleader then the people below should give you inspiration.

List is made up of many different big male bandleaders, including Ray Charles and Clifford Thornton.

While this isn't a list of all male bandleaders, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male bandleaders?" and "Who are the best male bandleaders?"
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Bandleaders
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James Brown is a film score composer. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 73 (1933-2006)

Birthplace: Barnwell, South Carolina, United States of America

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#66 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#61 on The Best Singers of All Time

#71 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#98 on The Greatest American Rock Bands

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Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Bandleaders
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William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank, New Jersey. By 16 he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924 he went to Harlem, where his performing career expanded; he toured with groups to the major jazz cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten's band in Kansas City, and played with them until Moten's death in 1935. That year ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 80 (1904-1984)

Birthplace: Red Bank, USA, New Jersey

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#32 on The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

#2 on The Greatest Organists in Rock and Jazz History

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Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Bandleaders
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Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years. Born in Washington, D.C., Ellington was based in New York City from the mid-1920s onward, and gained a national profile through his orchestra's appearances at the Cotton Club in Harlem. In the 1930s, his orchestra toured in Europe. Though widely considered to have been a pivotal figure in the history of jazz, Ellington embraced the phrase "beyond category" as a "liberating principle", and referred to his music as part of the more general category of "American Music", rather than to a musical genre such as ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 75 (1899-1974)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

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#29 on The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time

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Lawrence Welk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Bandleaders
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Lawrence Welk was an American musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, who hosted The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to 1982. His style came to be known to his large number of radio, television, and live-performance fans as "champagne music". In 1996, Welk was ranked #43 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 89 (1903-1992)

Birthplace: Strasburg, North Dakota, United States of America

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