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Rod McKuen

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Rodney Marvin "Rod" McKuen (April 29, 1933 – January 29, 2015) was an American singer-songwriter, musician and poet. He was one of the best-selling poets in the United States during the late 1960s. Throughout his career, McKuen produced a wide range of recordings, which included popular music, spoken word poetry, film soundtracks and classical music. He earned two Academy Award nominations and one Pulitzer nomination for his music compositions. McKuen's translations and adaptations of the songs of Jacques Brel were instrumental in bringing the Belgian songwriter to prominence in the English-speaking world. His poetry deals with themes of love, the natural world and spirituality. McKuen's songs sold over 100 million recordings worldwide, and 60 million books of his poetry were sold as well, according to the Associated Press.[dead link]

Fact file

  • Birth name: Rodney Marvin McKuen
  • Born: April 29, 1933 Oakland, California, U.S.
  • Died: January 29, 2015 (aged 81) Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
  • Occupation(s): Singer-songwriter, musician, poet
  • Instruments: Vocals, piano
  • Years active: 1955–2004
  • Associated acts: Jacques Brel
  • Website: www.mckuen.com

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Rod McKuen’s BevHills Mansion Offered in Probate Sale
Variety, 2015-03-24 16:00:44
The longtime Beverly Hills estate of famously prolific lyricist, singer and poet Rod Mc­Kuen, who died in January at 81, has popped up on the open market as a probate sale with a $15 million pricetag. The wildly successful if often critically panned Mister Mc­Kuen — he wrote more than ...

'King of Kitsch' Rod McKuen dies
BBC Entertainment, 2015-01-30 10:30:39
Populist poet and prolific songwriter Rod McKuen, who worked with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Madonna, dies at the age of 81.

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81
Yahoo Entertainment, 2015-01-30 08:26:13
NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

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