Rod McKuen

#118048
Most Popular
Boost
Birthday
29, 1933
Birthplace
Oakland, CA
Death Date
Jan 29, 2015 (81)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
29, 1933
Birthplace
Oakland, CA
Death Date
Jan 29, 2015 (81)

About

Songwriter and poet best known for translating the hits of French singer Jacques Brel into English. He wrote more than 1500 songs that spanned more than 100 million record sales.

Before Fame

His formal education was short-lived, so in order to stay up with those around him, he began keeping a journal. He lived in San Francisco and performed his poetry in clubs frequented by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and other beatnik poets.

Trivia

He wrote songs for performers as diverse as Johnny Cash and Madonna.

Family Life

He was born in Oakland, California. He ran away from home when he was just eleven years old to escape the abuse of his alcoholic stepfather.

Associated With

He also wrote songs for the great Frank Sinatra.