Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Grandes desconocidos por conocer: Loudon Wainwright III


Loudon Wainwright III (born September 5, 1946) is an American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor.
Saltó a la fama en 1972 con su canción “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)”… Sería algo así como “Mofeta muerta, en el medio de la carretera” y por interpretar el papel de Capitán Spalding, “el cirujano cantante”, en la tercera temporada de la serie de televisión M*A*S*H, pero su carrera musical es muchísimo más amplia. He opened one episode of M*A*S*H singing the song "Tokyo", which marked the only time that the series opened without the regular title theme "Suicide is Painless".
Riéndose de sí mismo y de la música folk en general, ha grabado más de veinte discos con once discográficas diferentes. Varios de sus álbumes han sido nominados a los Grammy.
Como actor ha participado en las películas más diversas: The Aviator, Big Fish, Elizabethtown, o 28 Days. A mí me caló especialmente escuchando Pandora.com, pero se ganó mi corazoncito al ponerle música a The Squid and the Whale… Le ha puesto música a muchísimas películas.
Wainwright's career began in the late 1960s. He had played the guitar while in school, but would later sell it for yoga lessons while living in San Francisco. Later, in Rhode Island, Wainwright's grandmother got him a job working in a boatyard. He was inspired by an old lobster fisherman named Edgar to borrow a friend's guitar and write his first song (entitled "Edgar"). Soon after, Wainwright bought a guitar and in about a year, he had written near twenty songs. He decided to go to Boston and New York and began playing live shows in folk clubs. He was eventually "discovered" by a man named Milton Kramer who became his manager. He acquired a record deal with Atlantic Records who released his first album in 1970.
Wainwright has claimed that, like many of his contemporaries, he was inspired musically by seeing Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival in 1962. He was one of many young folksingers tagged as the "new Dylan" in the early 1970s, a fact ruefully satirized in his song 'Talking New Bob Dylan' from 1992's History album.
Es el padre de Rufus Wainwright y de Martha Wainwright, que también son músicos famosos. A su hijo le escribió las canciones: "Rufus Is a Tit Man" and the retrospective "A Father and a Son", while Martha entered the world to "Pretty Little Martha", turned five to the post-divorce child-rearing anthem "Five Years Old" and entered her teenage years with the brutally clinical "Hitting You". (Rufus, in turn, has covered Loudon's "One Man Guy" and wrote "Dinner at Eight" about a dispute, while Martha has covered Loudon's "Pretty Good Day" and states that her song "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole" is about her father.
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