As we start a new year, have you thought about your personal definition of success?
In 1966, we were hearing from a gentleman who would ultimately be credited with more than 200 albums and 30 collections of poetry. He lived in San Francisco and wrote a book of poetry called, Stanyan Street and other Sorrows, released in 1966.
Oakland born Rod McKuen entertained audiences at the City’s Purple Online nightclub along with Woody Allen, Phyllis Diller and the Smothers Brothers.
Here he is singing a song originally released in 1966 called “So Long, San Francisco.”
McKuen went on to write the song “Jean,” from the 1969 film “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Frank Sinatra recorded an album of McKuen songs called,“A Man Alone: The Words and Music of McKuen” in 1969. And McKuen’s songs were also recorded by Johnny Cash, Perry Como, Petula Clark, and Barbra Streisand to name a few.
He continued performing into his 70s. In this clip in 2009, he is 75 years old, singing at his concert in Amsterdam. The “Frank” his mentions at the beginning of the song, “Love’s Been Good to Me,” is Sinatra. McKuen died at age 81 in January of 2015.