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Shel Silverstein

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Referred to as Uncle Shelby for his children’s books, such as for example Where in fact the Sidewalk Ends. He published A Boy Called Sue, which Johnny Money popularized. He previously to keep the University or college of Illinois due to a poor educational record. His humor songs gained an enormous following thanks to Dr. Demento’s radio display. He previously a daughter called Shoshanna with Susan Hastings and a child called Matthew with Sarah Spencer. He published children’s poems for the journal Playboy produced by Hugh Hefner.

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Full Name Shel Silverstein
Date Of Birth September 25, 1930
Died May 10, 1999, Key West, Florida, United States
Place Of Birth Chicago, IL
Profession Children's Author
Education School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Roosevelt University, Roosevelt High School, Chicago College of Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Nationality American
Spouse Susan Taylor Hastings
Children Shoshanna Jordan Hastings, Matthew Silverstein
Parents Nathan Silverstein, Helen Silverstein
Siblings Peggy Myers
Awards Grammy Award for Best Country Song, Grammy Award for Best Album for Children, Quill Award for Children's illustrated book, Academy of Country Music Awards Poet's Award
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Song, Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Book, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Middle Grade & Children's, Best Screenplay Award
Movies Things Change, Édith et Marcel, Payday, Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?, Ned Kelly, True Story, The Giving Tree, The Moving Finger
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1 Shel wrote several songs for the 1970's group Dr. Who.
2 He wrote the song "A Boy Named Sue" after attending a judicial conference in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (a town mentioned in the song), at which a featured speaker was a male prosecutor named Sue Hicks.
3 He was awarded the 1983 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work for "Gorilla" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
4 Johnny Cash recorded two of Silverstein's poems, "A Boy Named Sue" (1969) which reached No. 2 on the Billboard "Hot 100". He also recorded "25 Minutes to Go", first released on his legendary comeback LP "At Folsom Prison" (1968).
5 He wrote several songs for the 1970s group 'Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show'.
6 Music composer, author and poet.
7 His best-known books, "The Giving Tree" (1964) and "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (1974), were reissued in deluxe editions in 2004.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Horror Story 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fargo 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pop Gold 2015 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Detectorists 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Marty Stuart Show 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2011 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Premio Donostia a Meryl Streep 2008 TV Special writer: "I'm Checkin' Out"
Opry Video Classics: The Hall of Fame 2007 Video writer: "One's On the Way"
Dennis Locorriere: The Unique Voice of Dr. Hook - Hits and History Tour Live 2007 Video writer: "I Don't Want To Be Alone Tonight", "More Like The Movies", "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan", "A Couple More Years", " Freakin' At The Freakers' Ball", "The Cover Of "The Rolling Stone"", "Sylvia's Mother", "Queen Of The Silver Dollar", "Jungle To The Zoo" Solo Acoustic Bonus Feature, "I Gave Her Comfort" Solo Acoustic Bonus Feature, "Judy" Solo Acoustic Bonus Feature
Are We Done Yet? 2007 writer: "A Boy Named Sue"
Alone with Dennis Locorriere 2004 Video documentary writer: "The Wonderful Soup Stone", "More Like The Movies", "I Can't Touch The Sun", "The Cover Of The "Rolling Stone"", "Queen Of The Silver Dollar", "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan", "Carry Me, Carrie", "Sylvia's Mother", "A Couple More Years"
Tarnation 2003 Documentary writer: "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"
Almost Famous 2000 writer: "The Cover of 'Rolling Stone'"
Top of the Pops 2 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Divorcing Jack 1998 writer: "Danger of a Stranger"
Stars in Their Eyes 1995-1998 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Tohuwabohu 1996-1998 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Completely Hooked 1992 Video writer: "Sylvia's Mother", "The Cover Of The "Rolling Stone"", "I Don't Want To Be Alone Tonight"
Thelma & Louise 1991 writer: "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan"
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1991 TV Special writer: "I'm Checkin' Out"
Bullerfnis 1991 TV Series music - 1 episode
Postcards from the Edge 1990 writer: "I'm Checkin' Out"
Dolly 1988 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Little Treasure 1985 writer: "Queen of the Silver Dollar"
The Benny Hill Show 1983 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Montenegro 1981 writer: "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan"
Coal Miner's Daughter 1980 writer: "One's on the Way"
Top of the Pops 1978-1979 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
13th Annual Music City News Awards 1979 TV Special music: "On The Cover of The Music City News" parody of "On the Cover of the Rolling Stone"
Broken English: Three Songs by Marianne Faithfull 1979 Short writer: "Ballad of Lucy Jordan"
The Muppet Show 1976-1978 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1975-1977 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
A Concert: Behind Prison Walls 1977 TV Movie documentary writer: "A Boy Named Sue"
Dolly 1976 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ernie Sigley Show 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Musikladen 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Midnight Special 1974 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Rock Concert 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Graham Kennedy Show 1973 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Payday 1973 writer: "She's Only a Country Girl", "Slowly Fadin' Circle", "Lovin' You More", "Baby Here's a Dime"
Johnny Cash i København 1971 TV Special documentary writer: "A Boy Named Sue"
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? 1971 lyrics: "Bunky and Lucille", "Last Morning", "The Sweet Forever Song" uncredited, "Ricky Ticky Song" uncredited / music: "Bunky and Lucille", "Last Morning", "The Sweet Forever Song" uncredited, "Ricky Ticky Song" uncredited
The Johnny Cash Show TV Series writer - 7 episodes, 1969 - 1971 music - 1 episode, 1971
Ned Kelly 1970 lyrics: "Ned Kelly" uncredited, "She Moved Through the Fair" / music: "Ned Kelly" uncredited, "She Moved Through the Fair"
The Best on Record 1970 TV Special writer: "A Boy Named Sue"
Johnny Cash in San Quentin 1969 TV Movie documentary writer: "A Boy Named Sue"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Giving Tree 2015 Short story
Nostalgia Critic 2014 TV Series story "The Giving Tree" - 1 episode
Manki & Daghighanchi 2004 Short
The Bridge 2004/III Short
An Old Man & Little Boy 2004 Short
De boom die gaf 2002 Short novel
Things Change 1988 written by
Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back 1978 Short writer
Free to Be... You & Me 1974 TV Movie stories
The Giving Tree 1973 Short book

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back 1978 Short Narrator (voice)
The Giving Tree 1973 Short Narrator (voice)
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? 1971 Bernie
The Moving Finger 1963 Party Attendee

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Giving Tree 1973 Short
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? 1971
Ned Kelly 1970
The Moving Finger 1963

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Absolutely Fabulous 2001 TV Series songwriter - 1 episode
Thieves 1977 composer: flute themes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back 1978 Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Giving Tree 1973 Short producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
AM Northwest 2004 TV Series Himself / Writer
Spotlight 1975 TV Series Himself
The Johnny Cash Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Playboy After Dark 1969 TV Series Himself - Singer
Cartoon 1968 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1964 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Most 1963 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Girls Next Door 2005 TV Series Himself - Playboy Cartoonist / Writer
Playboy: The Party Continues 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1985 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Recording for Children · Ron Haffkine (producer)
1970 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Country Song For the song "A Boy Named Sue".

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song Postcards from the Edge (1990)
1991 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Postcards from the Edge (1990)
1989 Edgar Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Motion Picture Things Change (1988) · David Mamet


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