Happy Birthday Loudon!

by Harry on September 5, 2006

Loudon Wainwright III is 60 today. I just thought I’d remind the world, because I’m sure he won’t. Belle, you’d better send an e-card or something. He’s the performer I have seen live more than any other, and, as George Cole might say, I have all his albums.

And Al Stewart is 61!



Doug 09.05.06 at 9:01 am

“And Al Stewart is 61!”

Even though he comes from a country where they turn back time? Sometime you’re bound to leave it, but I’d think he’d stay on at a little less than 61.


Cheryl Morgan 09.05.06 at 9:43 am

Hopefully someday soon Al will get his TV show on ageing rock’n’rollers.


engels 09.05.06 at 10:02 am

I wouldn’t send an e-card, unless you want to give the gift of spam.


triticale 09.05.06 at 10:09 am

Well, I’ve seen more dead skunks in the middle of the road than any other song topic…


harry b 09.05.06 at 10:19 am

Actually, Al is still doing great work, good albums, and touring with a former grad student of mine, oddly enough.


kid bitzer 09.05.06 at 10:20 am

uh, has the year of the cat come around again?


Jeffrey 09.05.06 at 11:10 am

What a coincidence — his son Rufus is the performer I’ve seen live more than any other.


harry b 09.05.06 at 3:37 pm

I bet I saw Rufus (whom I’ve seen only once, though I do like him a lot) before you did!



dave heasman 09.05.06 at 5:21 pm

“He’s the performer I have seen live more than any other”

I think this was true of me in 1972. Not so now.


Russell Arben Fox 09.05.06 at 10:31 pm

I’m pretty sure that Al Stewart’s “Time Passages” was the very first 45 record I ever owned. It was either that, or the Spinners’ “Working My Way Back to You, Girl.” (What a weird combination: British folk-pop and disco-influenced Motown. I wish radio today had half the variety that FM stations still had as late as 1979.)


dave heasman 09.06.06 at 2:07 pm

“disco-influenced Motown. ”

The Spinners left Motown long before “Working my Way..” ( a Four Seasons song originally) I think it was on Atlantic, certainly after their first 3 Atlantic albums – I have “Mighty Love” & “Pick of the Litter” – it came out way after that..


Victor Freeh 09.06.06 at 6:32 pm

I don’t know whether Belle sent him an e-card but I had a dream last night in which I ran into Loudon Wainwright III on the street and wished him a happy birthday.

It was a little awkward.

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