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  • Date of birth : 03/06/1941


  • Parks Dyke Van


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Van Dyke Parks (1941)

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Van Dyke Parks is an American composer, arranger, producer, musician, singer, author and actor. Parks is perhaps best known for his contributions as a lyricist on the Beach Boys album Smile.

Parks has worked with such notable performers as Grace Kelly, Delaney Bramlett, The Byrds, Loudon Wainwright III, Harry Nilsson, Silverchair, Ry Cooder, Joanna Newsom, Inara George, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr.

In addition to producing, Parks has released six studio albums of his own recordings: Song Cycle, Discover America, Clang of the Yankee Reaper, Jump!, Tokyo Rose, and with Brian Wilson, Orange Crate Art.


 early career
Born in 1943 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and reared in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Parks attended the American Boychoir School '57 in Princeton, New Jersey. He began his career as a child actor. Between 1953 and 1958 he worked steadily in films and television, including the 1956 movie The Swan . He appeared as Ezio Pinza's son Andrew Bonino on the NBC television show Bonino. One of his costars on Bonino was 14-year-old Chet Allen, who appeared as Jerry Bonino. Parks and Allen were roommates at the Boychoir School. Parks also had a recurring role as Little Tommy Manacotti on Jackie Gleason's The Honeymooners.

Parks originally studied the clarinet, but had moved to the piano before enrolling at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he studied from 1960 to 1963. In January 1963 Parks learned to play the guitar and soon relocated to Los Angeles to play with his older brother Carson Parks (writer of "Somethin' Stupid") as The Steeltown Two , which eventually became the folk group The Greenwood County Singers .

By 1964, Parks had an artist contract at MGM Records. In 1966 he was persuaded by producer Lenny Waronker to switch to Warner Bros. Records. During this time he worked frequently as a session musician, arranger and songwriter. Parks met Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson through Terry Melcher . During 1966, Parks performed on The Byrds album Fifth Dimension as well as on the ill fated Beach Boys project Smile. Also during this period, Parks' compositions, such as the hit "High Coin" for Harpers Bizarre, were becoming known for their lyrical wordplay and sharp imagery.

In 1965 Van Dyke shortly joined Frank Zappa's The Mothers of Invention on stage, where he was referred to as 'Pinocchio'.

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Name Duration Released
Danza 03:44 10/02/1998
Night In The Tropics 02:19 10/02/1998
Sail Away 06:11 10/02/1998
Wings Of A Dove 04:12 10/02/1998
Orange Crate Art 04:43 10/02/1998
Hominy Grove 03:06 10/02/1998
C-H-I-C-K-E-N 04:46 10/02/1998
Delta Queen Waltz 04:07 10/02/1998
Tokyo Rose 05:08 07/1989
America 03:47 07/1989
Out of Love 03:18 07/1989
Trade War 04:40 07/1989
White Chrysanthemum 04:00 07/1989
Calypso 04:27 07/1989
Manzanar 06:02 07/1989
Cowboy 04:35 07/1989
Yankee Go Home 06:27 07/1989
An Invitation to Sin 03:20 02/1984
Taps 02:16 02/1984
Many a Mile to Go 03:42 02/1984
I Ain't Goin' Home 03:45 02/1984
Come Along 03:26 02/1984
Opportunity for Two 03:16 02/1984
Look Away 04:03 02/1984
Jump! 02:02 02/1984
After the Ball 03:52 02/1984
Home 02:55 02/1984
Clang of the Yankee Reaper 03:41 1975
Soul Train 03:12 1975
Tribute to Spree 03:37 1975
Iron Man 03:05 1975
Love Is the Answer 03:28 1975
You're a Real Sweetheart 01:12 1975
Another Dream 02:54 1975
Pass That Stage 03:00 1975
City on the Hill 03:00 1975
Cannon in D 02:42 1975
Jack Palance 00:59 1972
Sweet Trinidad 00:56 1972
FDR in Trinidad 02:27 1972
Stars and Stripes Forever 01:00 1972
John Jones 03:08 1972
G-Man Hoover 02:55 1972
Be Careful 02:48 1972
Your Own Comes First 03:24 1972
The Four Mills Brothers 01:28 1972
Ode to Tobago 05:13 1972
Steelband Music 02:11 1972
Riverboat 03:02 1972
Bing Crosby 02:21 1972
Sailin' Shoes 02:09 1972
Introduction 00:27 1972
Occapella 02:41 1972
The All Golden 03:46 11/1968
Laurel Canyon Blvd 00:28 11/1968
Pot Pourri 01:08 11/1968
Widow's Walk 03:13 11/1968
By the People 05:53 11/1968
Palm Desert 03:07 11/1968
The Attic 02:56 11/1968
Vine Street 03:40 11/1968
Donovan's Colours 03:38 11/1968
Public Domain 02:34 11/1968
Van Dyke Parks 00:57 11/1968



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