Sunday, February 10, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Loudon Wainwright III
Artist:Loudon Wainwright III
Loudon Wainwright III is a very talented singer songwriter actor best known for his 1972 novelty hit Dead Skunk. His hilarious songs have given him a rabid fanbase. He was born Sept. 5, 1947 in Chapel Hill, NC. His father was an editor at Life Magazine. He grew up in Bedford, NY. His sister Sloan Wainwright is also a singer. In the late 60s, he stumbled into writing and performing music and was discovered by manager Milton Kramer while playing New York clubs. He released two albums on Atlantic and then moved to Columbia. His 1972 Album III spawned the surprise novelty hit Dead Skunk. It's his only hit but he has enough of a following that he doesn't need another hit. T.S.M.N.W.A. is a hilarious song from his 1993 live CD Career Moves where Wainwright bemoans the constant misspelling of his name. He was married to folksinger Kate McGarrigle and later to folksinger Suzzy Roche. His children Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright & Lucy Roche are all singers and Lucy currently tours with her dad. He's also done films over the years and most recently appeared in and wrote the score for the 2007 hit film Knocked Up. The soundtrack is his latest CD. He is currently signed to Concord Records. Here's Loudon Wainwright III performing Nocturnal Stumblebutt in Germany.