Van Dyke Parks
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1943-01-03
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Van Dyke Parks

Van Dyke Parks Biography (Wikipedia)

Van Dyke Parks (born January 3, 1943) is an American musician, songwriter, arranger, and record producer who has composed various film and television soundtracks. He is known for his 1967 album Song Cycle and for his lyrics on the Beach Boys' unfinished album Smile. In addition to producing or arranging albums by Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, Phil Ochs, Little Feat, Happy End, Ry Cooder, and Joanna Newsom, Parks has worked with performers such as Syd Straw, Ringo Starr, U2, Grizzly Bear, Inara George, Kimbra, Suzy Williams, and Silverchair.

Raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Parks spent his childhood studying clarinet, piano, and singing at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey. He started his professional career as a child actor. During the 1950s, he worked steadily in movies and television, and in the early 1960s, he majored in music at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. After dropping out of university in 1963, he relocated to Los Angeles, where his first paid gig was arranging "The Bare Necessities" for the 1967 Disney film The Jungle Book. Following this, he involved himself with the growing West Coast music scene, subsequently playing with—or appearing on records by—acts like the Mothers of Invention, the Byrds, Judy Collins, Paul Revere & the Raiders, and Harpers Bizarre. His LP Song Cycle (recorded on a budget exceeding $70,000) mixed a number of genres (including bluegrass, ragtime, and show tunes) and framed classical styles in the context of 1960s pop music. It was released to underwhelming sales, but attracted a cult following in later years.

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The All Golden
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The All Golden
Matt Cartsonis
Monkey & Bear
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Monkey & Bear
Gaby Moreno
The Immigrants
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The Immigrants
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Soul Train
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Soul Train
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FDR In Trinidad
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FDR In Trinidad
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Laurel Canyon Boulevard
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Laurel Canyon Boulevard
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By The People
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By The People
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The Attic
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The Attic
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Donovan's Colors
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Donovan's Colors
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Public Domain
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Public Domain
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Widow's Walk
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Widow's Walk
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Occapella
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Occapella
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Incidental music for The Fisherman And His Wife
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Incidental music for The Fisherman And His Wife
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Sailin' Shoes
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Sailin' Shoes
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Sweet Trinidad
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Sweet Trinidad
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Tee Pee Motel
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Tee Pee Motel
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Iron Horse
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Iron Horse
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A Spanish Kitchen
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A Spanish Kitchen
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Amazing Graces
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Amazing Graces
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Vine Street
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Vine Street
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Wedding In Madagascar (Faranadina)
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Wedding In Madagascar (Faranadina)
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Hold Back Time
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Hold Back Time
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Dreaming In Paris
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Dreaming In Paris
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Wedding in Madagascar
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Wedding in Madagascar
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Aquarium
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Aquarium
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Sassafrass
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Sassafrass
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Ice Capades Commercial
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Ice Capades Commercial
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Colours (from Song Cycle)
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Colours (from Song Cycle)
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Clang of the Yankee Reaper
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Clang of the Yankee Reaper
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Wall Street
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Wall Street
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Colours
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Colours
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Love Is The Answer
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Love Is The Answer
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Trad: Big Rock Candy Mountain
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Trad: Big Rock Candy Mountain
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Harmony Grove
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Harmony Grove
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Money Is King
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Money Is King
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