Loudon Wainwright III came to fame when his novelty song "Dead Skunk" became a Top 20 hit in 1972. He had studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon University but dropped out in 1967 to partake in the Summer of Love in San Francisco. He wrote his first song, "Edgar," in 1968 about a lobsterman in Rhode Island.
Wainwright has also starred on television show MASH and Undeclared and on Broadway in Pump Boys and Dinettes. Most recently, he appeared in Soderbergh's film Mosaic and has been performing a one-man theatrical show, Surviving Twin, which combines his songs and the writings of his late father, a former Life magazine columnist.