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Van Dyke Parks (born January 3, 1943 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA) is an American composer, arranger, producer, instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, author, and actor based in Pasadena, California. Parks is perhaps best known for his collaborations with musician Brian Wilson, and especially for his lyrical contributions to The Beach Boys' legendary Smile album.

Among the hundreds of artists he's worked with include Phil Ochs, Tim Buckley, Haruomi Hosono, The Byrds, Rufus Wainwright, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, U2, Joanna Newsom… read more

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  • Avatar for detcgb
    Song Cycle >>> Pet Sounds = SMiLE >>>>>>>>>>>>> Sgt. Pepper's
  • Avatar for HedorianForever
    a genius, quite simply
  • Avatar for PhoenixBloom
    Vote for your fave debut albums here, join the community and vote! http://universalmusiclovers.proboards.com/thread/4/best-debut-albums-all-time
  • Avatar for peburgess
    Songs Cycled is one of my top 12 albums of 2013: http://wp.me/p15szY-Kq
  • Avatar for FridaLouise
    "I listened to all the waltzes of Chopin on the flight over. Oy! It beats fellatio in my book, and that's saying something." - Van Dyke Parks
  • Avatar for FridaLouise
    http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/may/09/van-dyke-parks-victimised-brian-wilson-buffoonery
  • Avatar for Lobotomy77
    I think Palm Desert is amazing.
  • Avatar for christles
    Very cool
  • Avatar for Lowbacca
    v DISCOVER AMERICA is my favourite as well.
  • Avatar for FridaLouise
    Van Dykes new album is on Spotify now.

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