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Sunday, Oct. 08, 2017

Loudon Wainwright III

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Loudon Wainwright III came to fame when his novelty song “Dead Skunk” became a Top 20 hit in 1972. He had studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon University but dropped out in 1967 to partake in the Summer of Love in San Francisco. He wrote his first song, “Edgar,” in 1968 about a lobsterman in Rhode Island. He was soon signed to Atlantic Records by producer Nesuhi Ertegun and then was lured by Clive Davis to Columbia Records, which released “Dead Skunk.” Wainwright’s songs have since been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, his son Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. In 2011, the songs were commemorated in a comprehensive five-disc retrospective, 40 Odd Years.

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