Rod McKuen (1933 -2015)

Rod McKuen was best known for his own poetry, written and recorded, but he was also among the first to translate Jacques Brel into English. “Seasons in the Sun” . . .

. . . later became a #1 hit for Terry Jacks.

Early in his recording career, McKuen penned novelties like “The Mummy.” The flip side of that 1959 single by Bob McFadden and Dor (AKA McKuen) was “The Beat Generation” . . .

. . . which served as a model for Richard Hell‘s punk-defining “Blank Generation.”

The original was added as a bonus track on 2009’s 40th anniversary CD reissue of McKuen’s pseudo-beatnik album Beatsville:

Beatsville album cover

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