Shelby Silverstein, 25 September 1932, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 9 May 1999, Key West, Florida, USA. A former artist with Stars And Stripes magazine, Silverstein joined the staff of Playboy at its inception during the early 50s and for almost two decades his cartoons were a regular feature of the publication. He later became a successful illustrator and author of childrens books, including Uncle Shelbys ABZ Book, Uncle Shelbys Zoo, The Missing Piece, A Light In The Attic, The Giving Tree and Giraffe And A Half. Silverstein was also drawn to the folk scene emanating from Chicagos Gate Of Horn and New Yorks Bitter End, latterly becoming a respected composer and performer of the genre. Early 60s collaborations with Bob Gibson were particularly memorable and in 1961 Silverstein completed Inside Folk Songs, which included the original versions of The Unicorn and 25 Minutes To Go, later popularized, respectively, by...
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