(1950s) Single: Had a hit with Bob McFadden called "The Mummy." McFadden voiced a mummy walking the streets to buy a copy of "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb" and scaring everyone. McKuen is a beatnik who isn't scared of him. The record is credited to "Bob McFadden and Dor"--Dor being McKuen.
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.