“If I Could Fly,” “If You Go Away,” “Seasons in the Sun,” “Love's Been Good To Me” and “Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes” are some Rod McKuen songs. Rod McKuen is a songwriter, singer, poet and musician. His recordings include spoken word poetry, classical music, film soundtracks and popular music. He was among the United States’ best-selling poets in the late 1960s. He adapted and translated many songs of Jacques Brel, who was a Belgian songwriter, singer and actor.
Rod McKuen was born in Oakland, California on April 29, 1933. At the age of 11, he ran away from his house. He worked in a wide range of odd jobs, including lumberjacking, railroad worker, surveyor, ranch hand and rodeo cowboy. He settled in San Francisco in the 1950s, where he worked as a newspaper columnist and propaganda scriptwriter. He first performed in the Purple Onion as a folk singer, and this led to his first break when Decca Records signed him in the late 1950s.
Rod McKuen has written over 1500 songs, which have been performed by a wide range of artists, including The Boston Pops, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Johnny Cash and Percy Faith. He has sold over 100 million recording all over the world, along with over 60 million poetry books. He has also acted in movies such as “Wild Heritage,” “Summer Love” and “Rock, Pretty Baby.”