HISTORICAL FACTS AND DATES
Born: September 5, 1946, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Early Background and Education: Grew up in the affluent golf course clustered county of Westchester, New York. Attended St. Andrews School for Boys (1961-1965). One-and-a-half years at Carnegie Mellon University studying acting -- dropped out in January 1967. Was an actual participant in the Haight Ashbury Summer of Love, 1967. Has sired several beautiful and talented children.
Began to write own songs in 1968
Made first album, "Loudon Wainwright III" for Atlantic Records - 1970
Wrote "Dead Skunk..." in 15 minutes in 1972 -- #12 in the Billboard chart (the #1 single in Little Rock, Arkansas, for six weeks). Twenty albums. Two Grammy nominations. Songs covered by Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Freakwater, Norma Waterson, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, and most recently, Rufus Wainwright.
Television: Early 2003- Appeared in the Series "Grounded for Life". 2001 - Appeared in recurring role on "Undeclared," series on the Fox network produced by Judd Apatow ("Freaks and Geeks", "The Larry Sanders Show;") appeared on a special 2 hour "Ally McBeal" as Jerome, Claires fiance (Dame Edna Everage) which included singing three songs on screen, appeared on the television show "M*A*S*H" in 1975 as Captain Calvin Spaulding; and an episode of British Central Televisions "Soldier, Soldier;" "The Jasper Carrot Show," on BBC 1 TV, as the resident American, wise-guy singer songwriter; hosted BBC TV series "Loudon & Co." in 1994 and was the original musician/sidekick on "The David Letterman Show".
Films: Appears in the new Tim Burton film, "Big Fish" (due Christmas 2003), starring Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor,and Jessica Lange. Also appears in Neil Simons "The Sluggers Wife;" David Jones "Jacknife," starring Robert De Niro; and the Betty Thomas film "28 Days," starring Sandra Bullock (film also featured four songs by Loudon.
Stage: Caryl Churchills "Owners" at the Young Vic in London and "Pump Boys and Dinettes" on Broadway.
Print Media: Short story "School Days" (based on a song of the same title) is included in the recent book "Songs Without Rhyme: Prose by Celebrated Songwriters" edited by Roseanne Cash (Hyperion), Several Op Ed pieces for The New York Times by invitation. Also has written for the Guardian and The Independent Newspapers in the UK.
National Public Radio (NPR) in the US has commissioned Loudon to write numerous topical songs on events and individuals in the news as has ABC TVs "Nightline".