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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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#Fact
1Shel wrote several songs for the 1970's group Dr. Who.
2He 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.
3He was awarded the 1983 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work for "Gorilla" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
4Johnny 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).
5He wrote several songs for the 1970s group 'Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show'.
6Music composer, author and poet.
7His 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 Fallon2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Horror Story2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fargo2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pop Gold2015TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Detectorists2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Marty Stuart Show2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Todd's Pop Song Reviews2011TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Premio Donostia a Meryl Streep2008TV Special writer: "I'm Checkin' Out"
Opry Video Classics: The Hall of Fame2007Video writer: "One's On the Way"
Dennis Locorriere: The Unique Voice of Dr. Hook - Hits and History Tour Live2007Video 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?2007writer: "A Boy Named Sue"
Alone with Dennis Locorriere2004Video 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"
Tarnation2003Documentary writer: "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"
Almost Famous2000writer: "The Cover of 'Rolling Stone'"
Top of the Pops 22000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Divorcing Jack1998writer: "Danger of a Stranger"
Stars in Their Eyes1995-1998TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Tohuwabohu1996-1998TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Completely Hooked1992Video writer: "Sylvia's Mother", "The Cover Of The "Rolling Stone"", "I Don't Want To Be Alone Tonight"
Thelma & Louise1991writer: "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan"
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards1991TV Special writer: "I'm Checkin' Out"
Bullerfnis1991TV Series music - 1 episode
Postcards from the Edge1990writer: "I'm Checkin' Out"
Dolly1988TV Series writer - 1 episode
Little Treasure1985writer: "Queen of the Silver Dollar"
The Benny Hill Show1983TV Series writer - 1 episode
Montenegro1981writer: "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan"
Coal Miner's Daughter1980writer: "One's on the Way"
Top of the Pops1978-1979TV Series writer - 2 episodes
13th Annual Music City News Awards1979TV 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 Faithfull1979Short writer: "Ballad of Lucy Jordan"
The Muppet Show1976-1978TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Old Grey Whistle Test1975-1977TV Series writer - 2 episodes
A Concert: Behind Prison Walls1977TV Movie documentary writer: "A Boy Named Sue"
Dolly1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ernie Sigley Show1974TV Series writer - 1 episode
Musikladen1974TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Midnight Special1974TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Rock Concert1974TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Graham Kennedy Show1973TV Series writer - 1 episode
Payday1973writer: "She's Only a Country Girl", "Slowly Fadin' Circle", "Lovin' You More", "Baby Here's a Dime"
Johnny Cash i København1971TV Special documentary writer: "A Boy Named Sue"
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?1971lyrics: "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 ShowTV Series writer - 7 episodes, 1969 - 1971 music - 1 episode, 1971
Ned Kelly1970lyrics: "Ned Kelly" uncredited, "She Moved Through the Fair" / music: "Ned Kelly" uncredited, "She Moved Through the Fair"
The Best on Record1970TV Special writer: "A Boy Named Sue"
Johnny Cash in San Quentin1969TV Movie documentary writer: "A Boy Named Sue"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Giving Tree2015Short story
Nostalgia Critic2014TV Series story "The Giving Tree" - 1 episode
Manki & Daghighanchi2004Short
The Bridge2004/IIIShort
An Old Man & Little Boy2004Short
De boom die gaf2002Short novel
Things Change1988written by
Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back1978Short writer
Free to Be... You & Me1974TV Movie stories
The Giving Tree1973Short book

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back1978ShortNarrator (voice)
The Giving Tree1973ShortNarrator (voice)
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?1971Bernie
The Moving Finger1963Party Attendee

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Giving Tree1973Short
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?1971
Ned Kelly1970
The Moving Finger1963

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Absolutely Fabulous2001TV Series songwriter - 1 episode
Thieves1977composer: flute themes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back1978Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Giving Tree1973Short producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
AM Northwest2004TV SeriesHimself / Writer
Spotlight1975TV SeriesHimself
The Johnny Cash Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Playboy After Dark1969TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Cartoon1968TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1964TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Most1963Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Girls Next Door2005TV SeriesHimself - Playboy Cartoonist / Writer
Playboy: The Party Continues2000TV Movie documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1985GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for Children· Ron Haffkine (producer)
1970GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Country SongFor the song "A Boy Named Sue".

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original SongPostcards from the Edge (1990)
1991Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Song - Motion PicturePostcards from the Edge (1990)
1989EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Motion PictureThings Change (1988)· David Mamet


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