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Rod McKuen
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    (April 29, 1933-January 29, 2015)
    Born in Oakland, California
    Poetry collections include 'And Autumn Came' (1954), 'Stanyan Street and Other Sorrows' (1966), 'Listen to the Warm' (1967), 'Lonesome Cities' (1968), 'In Someone's Shadow' (1969), 'Caught in the Quiet' (1970), 'Moment to Moment' (1972), 'We Touch the Sky' (1979), 'Intervals' (1986) and 'Rusting in the Rain' (2004)
    Albums include 'Alone after Dark,' 'The Loner,' 'Seasons in the Sun,' 'Rod McKuen Sings Jacques Brel' and 'Rod McKuen Sings Rod McKuen'
    Sold 65 million volumes of poetry
    Best-selling poet of the copyright era
    Before being discovered, he made ends meet by selling his blood and by crashing cocktail parties for the free food.
    He developed his distinctively scratchy voice when he blew out his vocal cords as an aspiring rock singer.
    As half of McFadden and Dor, he recorded the Halloween novelty record 'Songs Our Mummy Taught Us.'
    One critic explained his popularity by noting, 'There is always a vast market for the banal.'
    His translation helped turn Jacques Brel's blackly comedic 'Le Moribund' into Terry Jack's sappy 'Seasons in the Sun.'
    His biological father left his mother before his birth and his stepfather was an abusive alcoholic.
    Frank Sinatra recorded an entire album of his songs, 'A Man Alone' (1969).
    He served as president of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
    He said, 'Tennyson had his share of detractors. The more famous he became in his own lifetime, the more his poetry was savaged by many of his contemporaries.'

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