Happy Birthday: Van Dyke Parks
Today we celebrate the birthday of one of Americaâs most underrated songwriters, an unheralded solo artist, and an all-around great musician and producer: Van Dyke Parks.
Back in 2018, we put together a playlist featuring 20 songs from within the Rhino catalog that Parks either played on, helped write, or produced in some capacity, and we also offered up a six-pack of additional Parks-connected tracks from other labels. This time around, weâve bypassed doing a new six-pack, but thatâs only because weâve constructed an all-new playlist, one which contains 50 â count âem â 50 tracks that our man Van Dyke either played on, helped write, or produced in some capacity, and itâs filled with some names that you may not immediately associate with Mr. Parks.
â¢ Tim Buckley
â¢ The Chills
â¢ Jimmy Cliff
â¢ Judy Collins
â¢ Ry Cooder
â¢ The Everly Brothers
â¢ Gordon Lightfoot
â¢ Randy Newman
â¢ Saint Etienne
â¢ Carly Simon
If thereâs not at least one or two names in that list which made you go, âSay what?â weâd be very surprised.
Before we leave you to the playlist, we did want to offer up one song that was released on Reprise Records but which isnât on Spotify, and we offer it as much because weâd like to see it reissued officially as we do because itâs one of the more unlikely collaborations within Van Dyke Parksâ discography.
Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Goldie Hawn:
Yes, she still makes our heart go pitta patta, too...