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Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright III
Wainwright III performing at the Kent State Folk Festival in Kent, Ohio, November 18, 2006
Personal information
Birth nameLoudon Snowden Wainwright III
BornSeptember 5, 1946(age 70)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.
GenresFolk
Rock
Blues
Comedy
OccupationSinger-songwriter, actor, humorist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, banjo, percussion, ukulele
Years active1967 present
LabelsAtlantic, Columbia, Legacy, Arista, Radar, Rounder, Silvertone, Charisma, Virgin, Hannibal, Red House, Sanctuary Records, 2nd Story Sound Records, Sovereign Artists, Concord, Proper Records
Associated actsKate and Anna McGarrigle, White Cloud, George Gerdes, Richard Thompson, Chaim Tannenbaum, Spinal Tap, The Roches, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Joe Henry

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Loudon Snowden Wainwright III (born September 5, 1946) is a Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor. He is the father of musicians Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche, brother of Sloan Wainwright, and the former husband of the late folk singer Kate McGarrigle.

To date, Wainwright has released 21 studio albums. Reflecting upon his career, in 1999, Wainwright stated "you could characterize the catalog as somewhat checkered, although I prefer to think of it as a tapestry."


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