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Loudon Wainwright III

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Loudon Snowden Wainwright III is 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 21 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."

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 early life
Wainwright was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the son of Martha Taylor, a yoga teacher, and Loudon Wainwright, Jr., a columnist and editor for Life magazine. Wainwright grew up in Bedford, New York, in Westchester County. Among his sisters is Sloan Wainwright, also a singer. He graduated from St. Andrew's School in Delaware. He is a direct descendant of Peter Stuyvesant, the last Director-General of New Netherland (present-day New York State).

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Wainwright's career began in the late 1960s. He had played the guitar while in school but later sold it for yoga lessons while living in San Francisco. Later, in Rhode Island, Wainwright's grandmother got him a job working in a boatyard. An old lobsterman named Edgar inspired him to borrow a friend's guitar and write his first song, "Edgar". Wainwright soon bought his own guitar and in about a year wrote nearly twenty songs. He went to Boston and New York City to play in folk clubs and was eventually "discovered" by Milton Kramer, who became his manager. He acquired a record deal with Atlantic Records, who released his first album in 1970.

Wainwright is perhaps best known for the 1972 novelty song Dead Skunk and for playing Captain Calvin Spalding (the "singing surgeon") on the American television show, M*A*S*H. His appearances spanned three episodes in its third season (1974–1975), including the episode "Rainbow Bridge".

Using a witty, self-mocking style, Wainwright has recorded over twenty albums on eleven different labels. Two of his albums have been nominated for Grammy Awards: I'm Alright and More Love Songs . He won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album ("High Wide & Handsome") in January 2010.

Wainwright has also appeared in a number of films, including small parts in The Aviator, Big Fish, Elizabethtown, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and the television series, Undeclared and Parks and Recreation. In the UK he recorded sessions for John Peel from 1971 onwards and appeared on a simultaneous broadcast on BBC TV and on Radio 1 in February 1978 . However, it was in the late 1980s that he gained much wider popularity in Britain when he appeared as the resident singer with comedian Jasper Carrott in his UK show, Carrott Confidential, and has remained popular in the UK ever since.

He appeared as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live, the first season's 5th episode that was broadcast on November 15, 1975. He performed "Bicentennial" and "Unrequited to the Nth Degree" as a guest to Robert Klein.


Wainwright has claimed that, like many of his contemporaries, he was inspired musically by seeing Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963. He was one of many young folksingers tagged as the "new Dylan" in the early 1970s, a fact that he later ruefully satirized in his song, "Talking New Bob Dylan", from History .

Wainwright was also a judge for the 4th annual Independent Music Awards.

According to his own liner notes, Wainwright entered a period of deep depression following the death of his mother in 1997 and believed he could never write again. Retreating to his mother's cabin in the woods, he underwent therapy and gradually recovered, eventually recording the soul-baring Last Man on Earth in 2001. Since then his recording career has mostly returned to its previous frequency.

In September 2006, Wainwright and musician Joe Henry began composing the music to the Judd Apatow film, Knocked Up, which was released on June 1, 2007. In addition to composing the soundtrack, Wainwright appeared in the film in a supporting role as the protagonists' obstetrician. He has also composed music for the new theatre production of Carl Hiassen's Lucky You, which premiered at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

 personal life
Wainwright was married to the late singer/songwriter Kate McGarrigle. During their marriage, which ended in divorce, they had two children, Rufus and Martha. Rufus was the inspiration behind two of Wainwright's songs; "Rufus is a Tit Man" , and "A Father and a Son", a retrospective. Wainwright's songs inspired by Martha are "Pretty Little Martha" , "Five Years Old", , and the brutally honest "Hitting You" . Both Rufus and Martha are also singer/songwriters. Rufus composed "Dinner at Eight" about a family dispute in the Wainwright household. Martha composed the song "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole" about, according to her, her father. She and Wainwright collaborated on the song "You Never Phone" (on Wainwright's 2003 album So Damn Happy), and they sang a duet together on the song "Father Daughter Dialogue" (on Wainwrights' 1995 album "Grown Man"). Wainwright has another daughter, Lucy Wainwright Roche .

Wainwright remarried in 2005.

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Name Duration Released
Halloween 2009 02:40 07/2010
The Krugman Blues 03:11 07/2010
The Panic Is On 02:56 07/2010
Fear Itself 02:34 07/2010
On to Victory, Mr. Roosevelt 02:35 07/2010
House 04:19 07/2010
Times Is Hard 02:55 07/2010
Cash for Clunkers 03:02 07/2010
Middle of the Night 03:09 07/2010
Goodbye Booze 02:56 2009
The Great Reaping Day 02:50 2009
Bill Mason's Bride 03:00 2009
If I Lose 04:02 2009
My Mother and My Sweetheart 03:13 2009
Way Up in NYC 04:10 2009
I'm the Man Who Rode the Mule Around the World 03:35 2009
Acres of Diamonds 02:54 2009
Took My Gal out Walkin' 02:34 2009
Mother's Last Farewell Kiss 04:48 2009
High Wide & Handsome 02:53 2009
I'm Glad I'm Married 03:31 2009
Little Waterloo 03:00 2009
Where the Whippoorwill Is Whispering Goodnight 03:25 2009
Old Ballyhoo 02:03 2009
Say That You Love Me 00:00 2008
Daughter 03:33 2007
Doin' the Math 05:32 2007
You Can't Fail Me Now 03:45 2007
Naomi 04:04 2007
Grey in L.A. 03:15 2007
Feel So Good 02:03 2007
Final Frontier 03:47 2007
X or Y 02:54 2007
Valley Morning 03:44 2007
So Much to Do 03:26 2007
Ypsilanti 01:52 2007
Strange Weirdos 04:07 2007
To Be on TV 04:03 2005
Half Fist 04:13 2005
Hank and Fred 04:55 2005
Had to Be Her 05:02 2005
Here Come the Choppers 06:42 2005
No Sure Way 05:29 2005
Nanny 03:12 2005
My Biggest Fan 06:02 2005
When You Leave 05:22 2005
Make Your Mother Mad 04:06 2005
God's Country 03:14 2005
Living Alone 02:37 2001
Graveyard 02:13 2001
Missing You 03:29 2001
Donations 02:02 2001
Surviving Twin 03:41 2001
Bridge 01:43 2001
Out of Reach 02:57 2001
I'm Not Gonna Cry 02:06 2001
Fresh Fossils 01:50 2001
Last Man on Earth 05:01 2001
White Winos 02:59 2001
Bed 02:53 2001
Conspiracies 02:17 1999
Leap Of Faith 02:53 1999
O.J. 03:13 1999
Jesse Don't Like It 04:06 1999
New Street People 02:50 1999
Our Boy Bill 03:11 1999
Tonya's Twirls 03:37 1999
Inaugural Blues 03:19 1999
Bad Man 03:21 1999
Y2K 06:13 1999
What Gives 03:29 1999
Christmas Morning 03:36 1999
Number One 00:00 1998
Carmine Street 00:00 1998
Sunday Times 00:00 1998
I Wish It Was Me 00:00 1998
Medley 00:00 1998
It's Love and I Hate It 00:00 1998
That Hospital 00:00 1995
I Suppose 00:00 1995
Grown Man 00:00 1995
Just A John 00:00 1995
The Birthday Present 00:00 1995
I.W.I.W.A.L. 00:00 1995
1994 00:00 1995
Father/Daughter Dialogue 00:00 1995
A Year 00:00 1995
Human Cannonball 00:00 1995
Cobwebs 00:00 1995
The End Has Begun 00:00 1995
Housework 00:00 1995
Dreaming 00:00 1995
Some Balding Guys 01:28 1993
T.S.M.N.W.A. 03:28 1993
A Fine Celtic Name 02:57 1993
Suddenly It's Christmas 02:23 1993
Career Moves 03:09 1993
Christmas Rap 00:27 1993
Tip That Waitress 04:15 1993
He Said, She Said 03:30 1993
Just Say No 00:33 1993
Road Ode 05:09 1993
Fabulous Songs 00:26 1993
Happy Birthday Elvis 02:47 1993
When I'm At Your House 02:31 1992
A Father And A Son 03:21 1992
The Picture 02:32 1992
4 X 10 03:07 1992
Men 03:35 1992
So Many Songs 03:52 1992
People In Love 02:57 1992
Talking New Bob Dylan 03:34 1992
Between 01:27 1992
I'd Rather Be Lonely 02:50 1992
Hitting You 03:03 1992
The Doctor 04:00 1992
Sometimes I Forget 05:53 1992
Therapy 04:24 1989
Your Father's Car 02:23 1989
Thanksgiving 05:39 1989
Nice Guys 03:03 1989
Fly Paper 03:42 1989
Aphrodisiac 03:47 1989
This Year 03:04 1989
Harry's Wall 05:22 1989
Mind Read 02:47 1989
T.S.D.H.A.V. 02:09 1989
You Don't Want To Know 03:46 1989
Bill Of Goods 03:20 1989
Me & All The Other Mothers 03:04 1989
No 03:42 1986
I Eat Out 01:53 1986
Expatriate 02:17 1986
Your Mother And I 02:33 1986
Overseas Call 04:04 1986
Synchronicity 03:20 1986
Vampire Blues 02:55 1986
Hard Day On The Planet 04:48 1986
Man's World 05:28 1986
Unhappy Anniversary 02:54 1986
The Acid Song 04:33 1986
The Home Stretch 03:48 1986
Animal Song 02:16 1985
How Old Are You? 02:08 1985
Screaming Issue 04:52 1985
Cardboard Boxes 03:15 1985
Not John 04:25 1985
Ready or Not 04:17 1985
I'm Alright 02:23 1985
Daddy Take a Nap 03:59 1985
Lost Love 03:22 1985
Out Of this World 03:17 1985
One Man Guy 04:16 1985
Dump the Dog 02:08 1983
April Fool's Day Morn 04:30 1983
The Grammy Song 02:41 1983
Saturday Morning Fever 02:17 1983
Reader and Advisor 05:28 1983
Westchester County 02:56 1983
IDTTYWLM 04:06 1983
Ingenue 03:40 1983
Five Years Old 03:19 1983
Revenge 02:39 1983
Thick & Thin 02:47 1983
Lullaby 02:44 1979
Suicide Song 02:22 1979
Fear with Flying 00:00 1978
Natural Disaster 00:00 1978
The Heckler 00:00 1978
Golfin' Blues 00:00 1978
Penpal Blues 00:00 1978
Final Exam 00:00 1978
Pretty Little Martha 00:00 1978
Two-song Set 00:00 1978
Heaven and Mud 00:00 1978
Bicentennial 00:00 05/1976
Talking Big Apple '75 00:00 05/1976
California Prison Blues 00:00 05/1976
Hey Packy 00:00 05/1976
Wine with Dinner 00:00 05/1976
At Both Ends 00:00 05/1976
Reciprocity 00:00 05/1976
Hollywood Hopeful 00:00 05/1976
Just Like President Thieu 00:00 05/1976
Summer's Almost Over 00:00 05/1976
Prince Hal's Dirge 00:00 05/1976
Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder 02:28 02/1975
Crime Of Passion 03:01 02/1975
Over The Hill 02:50 02/1975
Whatever Happened To Us 02:02 02/1975
Rufus Is A Tit Man 02:28 02/1975
Kick In The Head 02:49 02/1975
Unrequited To The Nth Degree 03:59 02/1975
Kings And Queens 02:21 02/1975
The Untitled 02:58 02/1975
The Lowly Tourist 03:28 02/1975
Mr. Guilty 03:25 02/1975
Sweet Nothings 02:47 02/1975
Guru 02:16 02/1975
On The Rocks 03:15 02/1975
A.M. World 02:31 1973
Nocturnal Stumblebutt 03:45 1973
The Swimming Song 02:26 1973
Come a Long Way 02:45 1973
The Man Who Couldn't Cry 06:16 1973
Down Drinking at the Bar 03:55 1973
Clockwork Chartreuse 03:37 1973
I Am the Way 03:12 1973
Liza 02:47 1973
Bell Bottom Pants 02:27 1973
Dilated to Meet You 02:02 1973
Hometeam Crowd 01:49 1972
Muse Blues 02:53 1972
East Indian Princess 02:56 1972
Drinking Song 02:55 1972
Red Guitar 01:49 1972
Trilogy 03:11 1972
Dead Skunk 03:05 1972
New Paint 03:00 1972
Smokey Joe's Cafe 02:31 1972
Needless To Say 03:14 1972
B Side 02:26 1972
Me and My Friend the Cat 03:23 1971
Cook That Dinner, Dora 02:06 1971
Plane; Too 03:10 1971
Samson And The Warden 03:09 1971
Saw Your Name in the Paper 02:14 1971
a. I Know I’m Unhappy / b. Suicide Song / c. Glenville Reel 03:10 1971
Be Careful, There’s a Baby in the House 03:18 1971
Winter Song 03:30 1971
Nice Jewish Girls 02:09 1971
Old Paint 03:50 1971
Motel Blues 02:50 1971
Old Friend 02:57 1971
Ode To A Pittsburgh 03:15 1970
Movies Are A Mother To Me 02:39 1970
Hospital Lady 04:05 1970
Central Square Song 05:28 1970
School Days 03:06 1970
I Don’t Care 04:09 1970
Four Is A Magic Number 03:28 1970
Black Uncle Remus 02:39 1970
Uptown 02:45 1970
Glad To See You’ve Got Religion 03:56 1970

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