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Van Dyke Parks's Song Cycle

Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2008

BY THE TIME of his 1968 debut, Van Dyke Parks already had pedigree. Mississippi-born and Louisiana-raised, as a child actor he starred in 1956's The Swan (alongside Alec Guinness and Grace Kelly), and played TV's Little Tommy Manacotti ("the kid upstairs") in Jackie Gleason's The Honeymooners.

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