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Shel Silverstein (1930–1999)

Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Sheldon Allan Silverstein. He died on May 10, 1999 in Key West, Florida, USA. See full bio »


(age 68) in Key West, Florida, USA

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Almost Famous
Almost Famous Soundtrack
Thelma & Louise
Thelma & Louise Soundtrack
Postcards from the Edge
Coal Miner's Daughter


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 2016 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Pharrell Williams/Priyanka Chopra/Loretta Lynn (2016) ... (writer: "One's on the Way" - uncredited)
 2016 American Horror Story (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Be Our Guest (2016) ... (writer: "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" - uncredited)
 2015 Fargo (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Castle (2015) ... (writer: "Sylvia's Mother" - uncredited)
 2015 Pop Gold (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Hellraisers (2015) ... (writer: "A Boy Named Sue (Live)")
 2014 Detectorists (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (2014) ... (writer: "Sylvia's Mother")
 2012 The Marty Stuart Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Bobby Bare (2012) ... (writer: "Marie Laveau")
 2011 Todd's Pop Song Reviews (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 1976 (2011) ... (writer: "Cover of the Rolling Stone")
 2008 Premio Donostia a Meryl Streep (TV Special) (writer: "I'm Checkin' Out")
 2007 Opry Video Classics: The Hall of Fame (Video) (writer: "One's On the Way")
 2007 Dennis Locorriere: The Unique Voice of Dr. Hook - Hits and History Tour Live (Video) (writer: "I Don't Want To Be Alone Tonight", "More Like The Movies", "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan", "A Couple More Years", " (Freakin' At The) Freakers' Ball", "The Cover Of "The Rolling Stone"", "Sylvia's Mother", "Queen Of The Silver Dollar", "Jungle To The Zoo" (Solo Acoustic Bonus Feature), "I Gave Her Comfort" (Solo Acoustic Bonus Feature), "Judy" (Solo Acoustic Bonus Feature))
 2007 Are We Done Yet? (writer: "A Boy Named Sue")
 2004 Alone with Dennis Locorriere (Video documentary) (writer: "The Wonderful Soup Stone", "More Like The Movies", "I Can't Touch The Sun", "The Cover Of The "Rolling Stone"", "Queen Of The Silver Dollar", "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan", "Carry Me, Carrie", "Sylvia's Mother", "A Couple More Years")
 2003 Tarnation (Documentary) (writer: "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan")
 2000 Almost Famous (writer: "The Cover of 'Rolling Stone'")
 2000 Top of the Pops 2 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 2 February 2000 (2000) ... (writer: "Sylvia's Mother")
 1998 Divorcing Jack (writer: "Danger of a Stranger")
 1995-1998 Stars in Their Eyes (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #9.7 (1998) ... (writer: "Sylvia's Mother")
- Episode #6.4 (1995) ... (writer: "A Boy Named Sue")
 1996-1998 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Seite 45 (1998) ... (writer: "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan" - uncredited)
- Tralala 2 bzw. 40 (1997) ... (writer: "The Cover Of 'Rolling Stone'" - uncredited)
- Beweisstück 30 (1996) ... (writer: "The Cover Of 'Rolling Stone'" - uncredited)
 1992 Completely Hooked (Video) (writer: "Sylvia's Mother", "The Cover Of The "Rolling Stone"", "I Don't Want To Be Alone Tonight")
 1991 Thelma & Louise (writer: "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan")
 1991 The 63rd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (writer: "I'm Checkin' Out")
 1991 Bullerfnis (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (1991) ... (music: "Den grimmeste mand i byen")
 1990 Postcards from the Edge (writer: "I'm Checkin' Out")
 1988 Dolly (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.22 (1988) ... (writer: "Coal Miner's Daughter/You Ain't Woman Enough/Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (with Lovin' On Your Mind)/Blue Kentucky Girl/One's On The Way/The Pill/Coal Miner's Daughter (reprise) Medley")
 1985 Little Treasure (writer: "Queen of the Silver Dollar")
 1983 The Benny Hill Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Holiday (1983) ... (writer: "Hey, Lady Godiva")
 1981 Montenegro (writer: "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan")
 1980 Coal Miner's Daughter (writer: "One's on the Way")
 1978-1979 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 6 December 1979 (1979) ... (writer: "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan")
- Episode dated 13 April 1978 (1978) ... (writer: "More Like the Movies")
 1979 13th Annual Music City News Awards (TV Special) (music: "On The Cover of The Music City News" (parody of "On the Cover of the Rolling Stone"))
 1979 Broken English: Three Songs by Marianne Faithfull (Short) (writer: "Ballad of Lucy Jordan")
 1976-1978 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Marisa Berenson (1978) ... (writer: "You're Always Welcome at Our House" - uncredited)
- Loretta Lynn (1978) ... (writer: "One's on the Way")
- Candice Bergen (1976) ... (writer: "Put Another Log on the Fire")
 1975-1977 The Old Grey Whistle Test (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #7.5 (1977) ... (writer: "Scum of the Earth")
- Dr. Hook (1975) ... (writer: "Get My Rocks Off", "Everybody's Makin' It Big But Me", "Carry Me, Carrie")
 1977 A Concert: Behind Prison Walls (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "A Boy Named Sue")
 1976 Dolly (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (1976) ... (writer: "Queen of the Silver Dollar")
 1974 The Ernie Sigley Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 2 July 1974 (1974) ... (writer: "One's on the Way")
 1974 Musikladen (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.12 (1974) ... (writer: "Sylvia's Mother", "Marie Lavaux", "Cops And Robbers", "Carry Me, Carrie", "Penicillin Penny", "Roland The Roadie And Gertrude The Groupie", " (Freakin' At The) Freakers' Ball", "The Cover Of The Rolling Stone")
 1974 The Midnight Special (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #2.25 (1974) ... (writer: "If I'd Only Come And Gone", "Marie Lavaux", "Cops And Robbers")
- Episode #2.18 (1974) ... (writer: "The Cover Of The "Rolling Stone"", "Sylvia's Mother", "Roland The Roadie And Gertrude The Groupie", "Lonliest People In The World (Joe's Bar)")
 1974 Rock Concert (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.9 (1974) ... (writer: "Queen of the Silver Dollar", "Everybody's Makin't It Big But Me")
 1973 The Graham Kennedy Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 14 August 1973 (1973) ... (writer: "Do You Wanna Boogie")
 1973 Payday (writer: "She's Only a Country Girl", "Slowly Fadin' Circle", "Lovin' You More", "Baby Here's a Dime")
 1971 Johnny Cash i København (TV Special documentary) (writer: "A Boy Named Sue")
 1971 Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (lyrics: "Bunky and Lucille", "Last Morning", "The Sweet Forever Song" (uncredited), "Ricky Ticky Song" (uncredited)) / (music: "Bunky and Lucille", "Last Morning", "The Sweet Forever Song" (uncredited), "Ricky Ticky Song" (uncredited))
  The Johnny Cash Show (TV Series) (writer - 7 episodes, 1969 - 1971) (music - 1 episode, 1971)
- Episode #2.22 (1971) ... (writer: "Boa Constrictor")
- Episode #2.20 (1971) ... (writer: "A Boy Named Sue")
- Episode #2.15 (1971) ... (music: "A Girl Named Cash") / (writer: "A Boy Named Sue")
- Episode #2.2 (1970) ... (writer: "A Boy Named Sue")
- Episode #1.22 (1970) ... (writer: "A Boy Named Sue")
 1970 Ned Kelly (lyrics: "Ned Kelly" (uncredited), "She Moved Through the Fair") / (music: "Ned Kelly" (uncredited), "She Moved Through the Fair")
 1970 The Best on Record (TV Special) (writer: "A Boy Named Sue")
 1969 Johnny Cash in San Quentin (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "A Boy Named Sue")
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Show Show Composer (4 credits)
Show Show Music department (2 credits)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (7 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Songwriter: "Sylvia's Mother", a hit for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show. See more »

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Shel wrote several songs for the 1970's group Dr. Who. See more »


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