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Birth Name:
Loudon Snowden Wainwright III


Years Active:
'70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Loudon Wainwright III


Loudon Wainwright III grew up in the town of Bedford in wealthy Westchester County north of New York City, the son of Loudon S. Wainwright, Jr., a writer and editor at Life magazine and a direct descendant of colonial governor Peter Stuyvesant. Wainwright became a folk singer/songwriter in the late '60s, singing humorous and nakedly honest autobiographical songs. Signed to Atlantic Records, he recorded Album I (1970) and Album II (1971), accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, before switching to Columbia Records, for which he made the folk-rock Album III (1972), which featured the Top 40 novelty hit "Dead Skunk." Attempted Mustache (1973) and the half-live Unrequited (1975) did not continue that commercial success, though Wainwright's humor and engaging stage persona made him a cult figure and a concert favorite. . Meanwhile, his songs were recorded by others, notably Kate (his wife, later divorced, who died in 2010) and Anna McGarrigle, and Wainwright appeared in the off-Broadway show Pump Boys and Dinettes and played a featured role on the successful M*A*S*H television series. He moved to Arista Records for T Shirt (1976) and Final Exam (1978), on which he was backed by a rock band, but departed the major labels for a more appropriate home on the folk-based indie Rounder for A Live One (1980) and Fame and Wealth (1983).

Wainwright began to gain more notice in England than in the U.S., and he moved to London in 1985. I'm Alright (1985) and More Love Songs (1986) were co-produced by British singer/guitarist Richard Thompson. Therapy (1989) found Wainwright on the major-label-distributed Silvertone imprint and back living in the U.S., and he signed to Virgin Records' Charisma subsidiary for History (1992) and the live Career Moves (1993). Grown Man, his 15th album, was released in 1995, followed three years later by Little Ship. In 1999, there appeared a collection of topical, humorous songs Wainwright had been composing since the late '80s for National Public Radio, titled Social Studies; the following year, The BBC Sessions collected favorites and new compositions. The Last Man on Earth followed in 2001, and the live album So Damn Happy marked his debut for Sanctuary in 2003. Another studio album, Here Come the Choppers, was released in 2005. It was followed by Strange Weirdos: Music from and Inspired by the Film Knocked Up in 2007 and by Recovery in 2008.

In 2011, Shout! Factory issued a major career retrospective: a five-disc box set entitled 40 Odd Years that included album tracks, a complete CD of rare and unreleased material, and a 200-plus-minute DVD that included an hourlong documentary as well as dozens of performances. In 2009, Wainwright released High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project. The set featured songs by the American folk and country icon, as well as new songs that helped move his odd legend forward. Older Than My Old Man Now appeared in 2012, a collection of 15 songs featuring contributions from all four of Wainwright's children and two of his three wives, and including a song co-written with late ex-wife, Kate McGarrigle. In September of 2014, Wainwright released Haven't Got the Blues (Yet). It was produced by David Mansfield and issued on 429 Records.

Top Albums

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Strange Weirdos - Music from and Inspired By the Film "Knocked Up", Loudon Wainwright III
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High Wide & Handsome - The Charlie Poole Project, Loudon Wainwright III
3. High Wide &a..
Older Than My Old Man Now, Loudon Wainwright III
4. Older Than M..
Album III, Loudon Wainwright III
5. Album III
Recovery, Loudon Wainwright III
6. Recovery
Attempted Mustache, Loudon Wainwright III
7. Attempted Mu..
Haven't Got the Blues (Yet) [Bonus Edition], Loudon Wainwright III
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Last Man On Earth, Loudon Wainwright III
9. Last Man On ..
Songs For The New Depression, Loudon Wainwright III
10. Songs For Th..
Unrequited, Loudon Wainwright III
11. Unrequited
I'm Alright, Loudon Wainwright III
12. I'm Alright
Album I, Loudon Wainwright III
13. Album I
Fame and Wealth, Loudon Wainwright III
14. Fame and Wea..
Album II, Loudon Wainwright III
15. Album II
More Love Songs, Loudon Wainwright III
16. More Love So..
So Damn Happy, Loudon Wainwright III
17. So Damn Happ..
Social Studies, Loudon Wainwright III
18. Social Studi..
Career Moves, Loudon Wainwright III
19. Career Moves
One Man Guy: Essential Recordings, Loudon Wainwright III
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Top Songs

DaughterDaughter - Single3:33$1.29
Suddenly It's ChristmasSuddenly It's Christmas..2:25$1.29
Where the Blue of the Night (Meets t..Boardwalk Empire, Vol. 3: M..2:57$1.29
Place in LineLink of Chain - A Songwrite..3:14$0.99
Do We? We DoBeck Song Reader2:52$1.29
Motel Blues (Live)Cambridge Folk Festival - C..2:47$0.99
SusieHaven't Got the Blues (..6:11$1.29
MaybeHaven't Got the Blues (..4:58$1.29
Last Day of the YearHaven't Got the Blues (..2:26$1.29
Haven't Got the Blues (Yet)Haven't Got the Blues (..3:24$1.29
God & NatureHaven't Got the Blues (..3:28$1.29
I'll Be Killing You (This Christ..Haven't Got the Blues (..3:34$1.29
Looking At the CalendarHaven't Got the Blues (..3:15$1.29
I Knew Your MotherHaven't Got the Blues (..2:57$1.29
Harlan CountyHaven't Got the Blues (..3:05$1.29
Man & DogHaven't Got the Blues (..3:56$1.29
HarmlessHaven't Got the Blues (..3:35$1.29
MorgueHaven't Got the Blues (..1:54$1.29
Depression BluesHaven't Got the Blues (..3:48$1.29
In a HurryHaven't Got the Blues (..5:16$1.29
SpacedHaven't Got the Blues (..3:56$1.29
Brand New DanceHaven't Got the Blues (..3:35$1.29
Old Paint78 Project, Vol. 12:52$0.99
I'll Be Killing You (This Christ..I'll Be Killing You (Th..3:36$1.29
Suddenly It's ChristmasSuddenly It's Christmas..2:25$1.29

Top Music Videos

Man & Dog, Loudon Wainwright III
1. Man & Dog


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