Folk legend Loudon Wainwright III
Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: Loudon Snowden Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright III

September 5, 1946, Chapel Hill, NC

A Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor. He is the father of musicians Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche, brother of Sloan Wainwright, and the former husband of the late folk singer Kate McGarrigle. To date, Wainwright has released 22 studio albums. Reflecting upon his career, in 1999, Wainwright stated “you could characterize the catalog as somewhat checkered, although I prefer to think of it as a tapestry.” ~ Wikipedia: Loudon Wainwright III ~ retrieved September 4, 2013 © Wikipedia

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September 5, 1981 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Stevie Nicks with Tom petty & The Heartbreakers ~ #2 (2) The Pointer Sisters, Slow Hand ~ #1 (1) Diana Ross & Lionel Richie, Endless Love


Okay so now I'm about 20 years old and you'd think all that rebellion stuff would be out of my system. But as Belushi used to say, “Nooooo…” I had to get busted for pot. And not in a reasonable state like Vermont or Rhode Island, but Oklahoma for God's sake. In jail I was given a free haircut. Good old Dad flew in from London and bailed my ass out of jail, which of course is not a safe place for any young man's ass to remain for any length of time. Nevertheless my time in the slammer (5 days) changed my life. I had short hair and had to get a job to pay the old man back. I worked a variety of jobs - movie house janitor, boatyard barnacle scraper, and cashier-cook-dishwasher at New York's first macrobiotic restaurant, the Paradox on East 7th Street. This was also the time I started to write my own songs. Male singer-songwriters were a happening commodity back then and I was signed to Atlantic Records in 1969. The first album came out in 1970 and the career's been up and down ever since. ~ Loudon Wainwright III ~ retrieved September 4, 2013 ©

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