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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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  • a genius, quite simply
  • Vote for your fave debut albums here, join the community and vote! http://universalmusiclovers.proboards.com/thread/4/best-debut-albums-all-time
  • Songs Cycled is one of my top 12 albums of 2013: http://wp.me/p15szY-Kq
  • "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
  • http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/may/09/van-dyke-parks-victimised-brian-wilson-buffoonery
  • I think Palm Desert is amazing.
  • Very cool
  • v DISCOVER AMERICA is my favourite as well.
  • Van Dykes new album is on Spotify now.
  • Discover America was my way in to VDP and I still love it

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