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Van Dyke Parks

voc, p, *1943 US, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Singer / Musician / Composer / Songwriter / Arranger / Producer of Rock and Folk
A.k.a. George Washington Brown

US-American composer, arranger, producer, musician, singer, and actor. Brother of Carson Parks Born 3 January 1943 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA, Parks has spent over 40 years in a music. He attended the American Boychoir School in Princeton, N.J. He first studied clarinet. He spent two years at Public School, and studied piano at Carnegie Inst, where he went on to major in music, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,'60-'63. His first artist contract was at MGM Records in '64. He signed at Warner Brothers in '66, after working as lyricist for Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. At Warner Brothers he produced the first records of Randy Newman and Ry Cooder, among others. His own albums are: "Song Cycle" ('67); "Discover America" ('71); "Clang of the Yankee Reaper" ('76); "Jump" ('82); "Tokyo Rose" ('90); "Orange Crate Art" ('95). "Moonlighting" ('97). Other productions are "Phil Ochs' Greatest Hits" on A&M, "The Mighty Sparrow/Hot & Sweet", and "The Esso Trinidad Steelband" on W. B. (best ethnic/traditional Grammy, 1971). He pioneered an audio/visual department at Warner Brothers' Records in 1971--- the first of its kind to film music videos for record promotion.

  • Vocals
  • Piano
  • Bass
  • Keyboards
  • Rock
  • Folk
  • World
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
Occapella on Discover America by Van Dyke Parks
Old Summer Reckoning on Old Summer Reckoning by The Blasting Company & Van Dyke Parks
Worthless on The Brave Little Toaster by David Newman
It's A "B" Movie on The Brave Little Toaster by David Newman
Black Gold (feat. Van Dyke Parks) on Folkocracy by Rufus Wainwright
Orange Crate Art on Orange Crate Art by Brian Wilson & Van Dyke Parks
Cutting Edge on The Brave Little Toaster by David Newman
City of Lights on The Brave Little Toaster by David Newman
Jack Palance on Discover America by Van Dyke Parks
Big Rock Candy Mountain on O Brother, Where Art Thou? by Various Artists

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Limited-Edition Nonesuch Records Vinyl SamplerMountain Man, Punch Brothers, Gabriel Kahane, Lake Street Dive, David Byrne, Olivia Chaney, Thomas Bartlett, Nico Muhly, Rostam, Gaby Moreno, Van Dyke Parks, Brad Mehldau Trio2018Compil.
Super Chief: Music For The Silver ScreenVan Dyke Parks2013Album
Songs CycledVan Dyke Parks2013Album
I'm History / Charm SchoolVan Dyke Parks2013Single
Missin' Missippi / The Parting HandVan Dyke Parks2012Single
The All Golden/SassafrassVan Dyke Parks2012Single
Arrangements Volume 1Van Dyke Parks2011Compil.
Hold Back Time / Amazing GracesVan Dyke Parks2011Single
Black Gold / AquariumVan Dyke Parks2011Single
Dreaming Of Paris / Wedding In Madagascar (Faranaina)Van Dyke Parks2011Single
Wall Street / Money Is KingVan Dyke Parks2011Single
Broken Trail (Original Television Soundtrack)David Mansfield & Van Dyke Parks2008Album
An InvitationInara George with Van Dyke Parks2008Album
The Brave Little Toaster (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)David Newman / Van Dyke Parks / New Japan Philharmonic2005Album
A Sample Of The Genius OfVan Dyke Parks1999Compil.
Moonlighting: Live At The Ash GroveVan Dyke Parks1998Album
Wild Bill And The Two Jakes (Original Motion Picture Scores)Van Dyke Parks1997Album
Orange Crate ArtBrian Wilson And Van Dyke Parks1995Album
Sail AwayBrian Wilson And Van Dyke Parks1995Single
Idiosyncratic Path: The Best Of Van Dyke ParksVan Dyke Parks1994Compil.
Tokyo RoseVan Dyke Parks1989Album
The Fisherman And His WifeJodie Foster, Van Dyke Parks1989Album
Opportunity For TwoVan Dyke Parks1984Single
Jump!Van Dyke Parks1984Album
Cannon In D / Tribute To SpreeVan Dyke Parks1975Single
Clang Of The Yankee ReaperVan Dyke Parks1975Album
OccapellaVan Dyke Parks1972Single
Discover AmericaVan Dyke Parks1972Album
The Eagle And MeVan Dyke Parks1970Single
Song CycleVan Dyke Parks1967Album
Number Nine / Do What You WantaVan Dyke Parks1966Single
Come To The Sunshine / Farther AlongVan Dyke Parks1966Single
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