Died On April 1st

Discover the most famous people who died on April 1. The list includes people like Marvin Gaye, Max Ernst, Scott Joplin, Charles I of Austria, Martha Graham. Famous personalities featured on this list, include artists, political leaders, emperors & kings and composers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Marvin Gaye
(Known as the 'Prince of Soul' and Popular for His Song 'Sexual Healing')
Marvin Gaye
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 2, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: 1984

American singer Marvin Gaye is one of the most successful black artists ever and his albums have sold in millions. His success reached great heights with the 1972 song What's Going On. The 1982 single Sexual Healing was the biggest hit of his career and was a chartbuster. He was tragically shot dead by his father after a family altercation.

 2 
Simo Häyhä
(Finnish Military Sniper in World War II)
Simo Häyhä
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 17, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rautjärvi, Finland
Died: 2002
Simo Häyhä was a Finnish sniper who served in the Winter War against the Soviet Union, in 1939–1940. He had killed 500 men in the war and received many awards for his exploits. His face was disfigured by a Red Army bullet, and he later retired to a farm.
 3 
Eleanor of Aquitaine
(Queen Consort of France (1137 - 1152) and Queen Consort of England (1154 - 1189))
Eleanor of Aquitaine
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Birthdate: 1122 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: 1204
Eleanor, the duchess of Aquitaine, became the queen of France after marrying King Louis VII. Their marriage was annulled later. She then married the Duke of Normandy, who became King Henry II of England. Eleanor was imprisoned for supporting a revolt against Henry, and was freed after his death.
 4 
Cynthia Lennon
(John Lennon's Ex-Wife)
Cynthia Lennon
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Blackpool, England
Died: 2015
Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of the Beatles singer John Lennon, met John at a calligraphy class. They divorced on the grounds of adultery, after John started dating Japanese artist Yoko Ono. Cynthia married thrice later, and even released a memoir and a biography, detailing her relationship with John Lennon.
 5 
Scott Joplin
(American Composer and Pianist Known as the ‘King of Ragtime’)
Scott Joplin
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 24, 1868
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Texarkana, Texas, United States
Died: 1917
Composer and pianist Scott Joplin, or the King of Ragtime, had written more than 100 original ragtime pieces. His most iconic piece was the Maple Leaf Rag. He had also written two operas, including Treemonisha. He was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize. The film The Sting featured his compositions.
 6 
John Forsythe
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Birthdate: January 29, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Jersey
Died: 2010

Actor, producer, narrator, and drama teacher, John Forsythe, began his six-decade-long career in the entertainment industry in the 1940s. Initially a small-time actor, he built a strong reputation as a character actor over the years and branched out into teaching and production as well. He also appeared as a panelist on numerous game shows.

 7 
Charles R. Drew
(Surgeon and Researcher Who Improved Techniques for Blood Storage)
Charles R. Drew
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Birthdate: June 3, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: 1950

Born into a middle-class African-American family, Charles R. Drew initially excelled in football and track and field, and ended up earning athletic scholarships to fund his studies. He grew up to be a renowned surgeon and revolutionized the storage of blood plasma in blood banks.

 8 
Martha Graham
(Modern Dancer and Choreographer Known for Her 'Graham Technique' Style)
Martha Graham
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: May 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1991

Martha Graham was a modern dancer and choreographer who revolutionized American dance. She developed what later became known as the Graham technique, a modern dance movement style and pedagogy. She had an extensive career spanning over 70 years. The Martha Graham School, founded in 1926, is the oldest school of dance in USA.  

 9 
Max Ernst
(Primary Pioneer of the 'Dada Movement' and 'Surrealism' Known for His Work 'A Week of Kindness')
Max Ernst
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Birthdate: April 2, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brühl, Germany
Died: 1976

Max Ernst was a German painter, graphic artist, sculptor, and poet. A pioneer of the Dada movement, Ernst played an important role in popularizing surrealism during the early-20th century. He is also credited with inventing a couple of techniques, namely frottage and grattage. In 2005, the Max Ernst Museum was opened in his honor in Brühl, Germany.

 10 
Charles I of Austria
(Emperor of Austria from 1916 to 1918)
Charles I of Austria
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Birthdate: August 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Persenbeug-Gottsdorf, Austria
Died: 1922

Charles I of Austria reigned from 1916 to 1918 as the last emperor of Austria. He was the last king of Croatia, Bohemia, Hungary, and the last monarch from the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. Charles is remembered for making unsuccessful attempts to end Austria-Hungary's World War I campaign. He also tried to save the Austro-Hungarian Empire from disintegration but was unsuccessful.

 11 
Lev Landau
(Russian Physicist and One for the Founders of Quantum Mechanical Theory)
Lev Landau
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 22, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: 1968

Nobel Prize-winning Russian physicist Lev Landau is remembered for his pathbreaking research in quantum mechanics. A math prodigy, he had learned calculus at 13. He failed to receive his Nobel in person due to a near-fatal car crash which caused him injuries that eventually caused his death 6 years later.

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Carrie Snodgress
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Birthdate: October 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Barrington, Illinois, U.S.
Died: 2004
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 13 
Steven Bochco
(Producer)
Steven Bochco
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Birthdate: December 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: 2018
 14 
Adam Schlesinger
(Musician)
Adam Schlesinger
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2020
 15 
Rube Waddell
(Baseball Player)
Rube Waddell
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 13, 1876
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1914
 16 
Leslie Cheung
(Hong Kong Singer and Actor)
Leslie Cheung
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kowloon, Hong Kong
Died: 2003

Cantopop pioneer Leslie Cheung was born to a tailor who worked for celebrities such as Alfred Hitchcock. Educated in the U.K., he later began a singing career in Hong Kong and then moved to Canada. After an illustrious 26-year career, he committed suicide by jumping from the Mandarin Oriental hotel.

 17 
George II of Greece
(Former King of Greece (1922 - 1924))
George II of Greece
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Birthdate: July 19, 1890
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tatoi Palace, Greece
Died: 1947

George II of Greece was the King of Greece for two terms, from 1922 to 1924 and from 1935 to 1947. He was the eldest son of King Constantine I and his wife, Sophia of Prussia. He reigned during a tumultuous time in Greek history.  Upon his death, he was succeeded by his younger brother, Paul.

 18 
Alfred Lennon
(Singer-songwriter)
Alfred Lennon
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Liverpool
Died: 1976
 19 
Alan Kulwicki
(American Auto Racing Driver and Team Owner)
Alan Kulwicki
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenfield, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 1993
 20 
Helena Rubinstein
(Business women)
Helena Rubinstein
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 27, 1870
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kraków, Austrian Poland
Died: 1965
 21 
Hayley Okines
(Activist)
Hayley Okines
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Birthdate: December 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Arrington
Died: 2015
 22 
Hermann Rorschach
(Swiss psychiatrist)
Hermann Rorschach
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: November 8, 1884
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: 1922

Remembered for inventing the inkblot test to uncover the hidden traits of a subject’s personality, known as the Rorschach test, Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach was born to an art teacher in Zürich and had thus wished to be an artist initially. His Rorschach test was later criticized for its subjectivity.

 23 
Jolie Gabor
(Jeweler and Socialite & Mother of Actresses 'Magda', 'Zsa Zsa' and 'Eva Gabor')
Jolie Gabor
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: September 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 1997

Jolie Gabor, also known as Mama Jolie, was a renowned socialite and the mother of the actor sisters Zsa Zsa, Magda, and Eva Gabor. Born into a family of famous Hungarian jewelers, she herself owned multiple jewelry shops in Hungary and later established her business in the US.

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Juan de Borbón
(Spanish royal)
Juan de Borbón
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 20, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Segovia, Spain
Died: 1993
 25 
Erik Bruhn
(Danish Artistic Director, Danseur, Choreographer, Actor, and Author)
Erik Bruhn
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: October 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: 1986
 26 
Cosima Wagner
(Composer)
Cosima Wagner
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bellagio, Italy
Died: 1930
 27 
Ken Buchanan
(Scottish Professional Boxer Who Became the Undisputed World Lightweight Champion)
Ken Buchanan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: 2023
 28 
Ellis Marsalis Jr.
(Pianist)
Ellis Marsalis Jr.
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: 2020
 29 
Sigismund I the Old
(King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania)
Sigismund I the Old
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Birthdate: January 1, 1467
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kozienice, Poland
Died: 1548
 30 
Robert Doisneau
(Photographer)
Robert Doisneau
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: April 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gentilly
Died: 1994

Robert Doisneau was a French photographer best remembered for making photographs on the streets in the 1930s. A pioneer of photojournalism, Doisneau was an ardent advocate of humanist photography. Robert Doisneau was the recipient of prestigious awards, such as the Kodak Prize, Niépce Prize, and Balzac Prize. His 100th birthday was honored with a Google Doodle on 14 April 2012.

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Leila Denmark
(Pediatrician, Author)
Leila Denmark
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: February 1, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portal
Died: 2012

Pediatrician Leila Denmark made headlines when she retired at age 103, after a career spanning over seven decades. She was the oldest practicing pediatrician in the world and the first woman pediatrician from Georgia. She was also the third-oldest living person in the U.S. when she died.

 32 
Robert R. McCormick
Robert R. McCormick
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Birthdate: July 30, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: 1955
 33 
Philipp Mainlander
(Philosopher)
Philipp Mainlander
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 5, 1841
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Offenbach, Germany
Died: 1876

Philipp Mainlander was unfortunately born out of marital rape and was later forced by his father to train to be a merchant. However, while working in Italy, he devoted himself to writing. His works include the iconic The Philosophy of Redemption. He eventually committed suicide by hanging.

 34 
Ferenc Molnár
( Hungary’s Most Celebrated and Controversial Novelist and Playwright Known for His Novel 'The Paul Street Boys')
Ferenc Molnár
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 12, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 1952

Known for his short stories and plays reflecting the life in Budapest, author Ferenc Molnár never identified with any particular literary movement. His best-known works include the short story anthology Muzsika and the novel The Paul Street Boys. Initially an aspiring lawyer, he later worked as a war correspondent.

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Saint Francis of Paola
(Saint)
Saint Francis of Paola
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 27, 1416
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paola, Italy
Died: 1507
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Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan
(Former Yang di-Pertuan Agong (1957 - 1960))
Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 24, 1895
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Died: 1960

Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan reigned as the first Paramount Ruler of the Federation of Malaya from 31 August 1957 to 1 April 1960. He also served as the second Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan and eighth Yamtuan of Seri Menanti. Since 1967, his portrait has been featuring on Malaysian Ringgit banknotes and several places are named after him.       
 

 37 
Jesse Albert Stone
(Musician)
Jesse Albert Stone
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas, United States
Died: 1999
 38 
Maha Bandula
(Burmese Military Leader Who Played an Important Role in the 'First Anglo-Burmese War')
Maha Bandula
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 6, 1782
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dabayin, Burma
Died: 1825

Maha Bandula was a military leader best remembered for his association with the Royal Burmese Armed Forces, where he served as the  commander-in-chief from 1821 until his demise in 1825. He played an important role in the First Anglo-Burmese War. Maha Bandula is widely regarded as a national hero for his resistance against the British.

 39 
Isamu Akasaki
(Japanese Physicist and Engineer Who Won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Isamu Akasaki
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 30, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiran, Kagoshima, Japan
Died: 2021

Isamu Akasaki was a Japanese physicist and engineer. Isamu, who specializes in semiconductor technology, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014 along with Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano. Isamu Akasaki also won other prestigious awards like the Kyoto Prize, IEEE Edison Medal, Charles Stark Draper Prize, and Asia Game Changer Award.

 40 
Gösta Ekman
(Actor)
Gösta Ekman
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Birthdate: July 28, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: 2017
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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John Armstrong Jr.
(Statesman)
John Armstrong Jr.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 25, 1758
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1843
 42 
Flann O'Brien
(Writer)
Flann O'Brien
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Strabane, Ireland
Died: 1966
 43 
Eddie LeBaron
(American Football Player)
Eddie LeBaron
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Rafael, California, United States
Died: 2015
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 44 
Patrick Juvet
(Model, Singer)
Patrick Juvet
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreux, Switzerland
Died: 2021

Though Patrick Juvet had begun playing the piano at age 7, he also had a successful career as a model in Germany later. The Swiss disco singer is best remembered for his chartbusting track I Love America. Though openly bisexual, he also revealed in his memoir that he preferred men over women.

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Aaron Bank
(Army officer)
Aaron Bank
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 23, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2004
 46 
Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford
(British Statesman Who Served as Governor of Queensland from 1905 to 1909)
Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 12, 1868
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1933
 47 
François-Marie Raoult
(French Chemist Who Formulated Raoult’s Law)
François-Marie Raoult
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 10, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fournes-en-Weppes, France
Died: 1901

Best remembered for his law on solutions, also known as the Raoult’s law, François-Marie Raoult taught at the University of Grenoble till his final days. His contributions to chemistry earned him recognitions such as the Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur and the Davy Medal.

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Blanche I of Navarre
(Queen)
Blanche I of Navarre
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Birthdate: July 6, 1387
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pamplona, Spain
Died: 1441
 49 
Dame Kathleen Lonsdale
(Crystallographer)
Dame Kathleen Lonsdale
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newbridge, Ireland
Died: 1971
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Yevgeny Yevtushenko
(Writer Best Known for 'Babiyy Yar', a Political Poem)
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nizhneudinsk, Russia
Died: 2017

Russian author Yevgeny Yevtushenko, known for works such as Wild Berries and Bratsk Station, is also remembered for his advocacy of artistic freedom in Russian literature rather than a reliance on political overtones. Following the death of Stalin, he focused on using unadulterated language and lyrics with a personal touch.