Rod McKuen

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Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen in 1972
Rod McKuen in 1972
Background information
Birth nameRodney Marvin McKuen
Born(1933-04-29)April 29, 1933
Oakland, California
DiedJanuary 29, 2015(2015-01-29) (aged 81)
Beverly Hills, California
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, poet
Instrumentsvocals, piano
Years active1955–2004

Rodney Marvin "Rod" McKuen (April 29, 1933 – January 29, 2015) was an American poet, singer-songwriter, and composer. 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, movie soundtracks, and classical music. He earned two Oscar nominations and one Pulitzer nomination for his serious music compositions.

McKuen died of respiratory arrest due to pneumonia.

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