He was also nominated for two Oscars, and his material was recorded by Madonna, Frank Sinatra & many others.
Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s won him an Oscar nomination and made him one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.
McKuen died Thursday morning (Jan. 29) at a rehabilitation center in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he had been treated for pneumonia and had been ill for several weeks and was unable to digest food, said his half-brother, Edward McKuen Habib.
Until his sabbatical in 1981, McKuen was an astonishingly successful and prolific force in popular culture, turning out hundreds of songs and poems and records, including the Academy Award-nominated song "Jean" for the 1969 film "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie."