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Overview (3)

Born in Oakland, California, USA
Died in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (pneumonia)
Birth NameRodney Marvin McKuen

Mini Bio (1)

Rod McKuen was born on April 29, 1933 in Oakland, California, USA as Rodney Marvin McKuen. He died on January 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Trade Mark (2)

Warm, scratchy voice
Converse sneakers

Trivia (13)

He has had two children with his live in girlfriend.
Suffered from clinical depression from 1982-1992.
He is a poet-songwriter.
Claims to have been a psychological warfare script writer during the Korean War.
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.
Prior to becoming known as a poet and songwriter, he worked as a day laborer, stunt man, disc jockey, newspaper columnist and actor.
Although a favorite target of both critics and non-admirers, who have routinely dismissed his verse as not much above the level of greeting-card poetry, he is the most financially successful poet of all-time. At the height of his popularity (roughly 1967-1973), his books, such as "Listen to the Warm," "Stanyan Street and Other Sorrows," and "In Someone's Shadow," regularly appeared on the best-seller lists and sold in the millions, as did his albums, primarily for RCA Victor and Warner Brothers Records.
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, 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.
At the height of his popularity, his songs were recorded by a wide variety of artists, including The Kingston Trio, Bing Crosby, Jimmie Rodgers, The Smothers Brothers (Tom Smothers & Dick Smothers), Perry Como, Glenn Yarbrough, Oliver, and Frank Sinatra. The latter recorded an entire album of McKuen songs in 1969, entitled "A Man Alone." Soft rocker Terry Jacks had a number-one single in 1974 with McKuen's best-known song, "Seasons in the Sun.".
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1501 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
While speaking at a meeting of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse in 1982, McKuen told a packed room of 600 people how he was sexually molested by an aunt and uncle when he was seven years old. He advises victimized children to "tell somebody immediately".
Portrayed one of the impostors on To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 18 June 1962 (1962). He was an impostor for gambler Donald Harris, who claimed never to have had a losing day at the roulette table. McKuen introduced himself as, "a published poet and a twist singer, currently appearing at the Versailles in New York.".

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