Loudon Wainwright III

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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 September 1946, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. Loudon Wainwright I was in insurance while his son, Loudon Wainwright Jnr., became a journalist and later editor for Life magazine. Wainwright’s parents settled in Bedford, Westchester Country, 60 miles outside of New York City although he went to a boarding school in Delaware (‘School Days’) and he was friends with an adolescent Liza Minnelli (‘Liza’). He studied acting in Pittsburgh where singer George Gerdes encouraged his songwriting. By 1968, after a brief spell in an Oklahoma jail for a marijuana offence, Wainwright was playing folk clubs in New York and Boston and was signed to Atlantic Records. His first albums featured his high-pitched voice and guitar with few additions, and his intense, sardonic songs, described by him as ‘reality with exaggeration’, were about himself. He was hailed as the ‘new Bob Dylan’ for such songs as ‘Glad To See You’ve Got...

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