81 (passed away Jan. 29th, 2015)
Apr. 29th, 1933
Oakland, California, USA
Rod McKuen's Main TV Roles
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- Suffered from clinical depression from 1982-92.
- At the height of his popularity, his songs were recorded by a wide variety of artists, including 'The Kingston Trio' (qv), 'Bing Crosby' (qv), 'Jimmie Rodgers (I)' (qv), The Smothers Brothers ('Tom Smothers' (qv) & 'Dick Smothers' (qv)), 'Perry Como' (qv), 'Glenn Yarbrough' (qv), 'Oliver (II)' (qv), and 'Frank Sinatra' (qv). The latter recorded an entire album of McKuen songs in 1969, entitled "A Man Alone." Soft rocker 'Terry Jacks' (qv) had a number-one single in 1974 with McKuen's best-known song, "Seasons in the Sun.".
- His autobiographical book "Finding My Father: One Man's Search for Identity", dealt with his search for his biological father, and was the subject of a nationwide debate on illegitimate births.
- He has had two children with his live in girlfriend.
- Developed his distinctively scratchy voice in the late 1950s when, as an aspiring rock 'n' roll singer, he had to make himself heard over an especially loud band, night after night, for weeks.
- According to legendary guitar sessioneer 'Vic Flick' (qv), he loved the sound of the ukulele in his music, but was never happy with the sound on his recording sessions in London. So, on the first morning of a new series of sessions, he handed Vic a brand new Martin uke he'd brought straight in from Los Angeles. He insisted Vic kept it after the session so he would always know where to find a decent instrument in London.
- Claims to have been a psychological warfare script writer during the Korean War.
- He is a poet-songwriter.
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