Monday, 9 November 2009

On this day...

English poet Roger McGough was born in 1937. Although best known as a performance poet, McGough spent his early life heavily involved in the music scene; a rising phenomena in his home city of Liverpool. His band, 'The Scaffold', was signed by Parlophone Records in 1966, and had a number one hit with 'Lily the Pink'; a track which included Elton John on backing vocals. Being a Liverpudlian musician, McGough was influenced by The Beatles, even writing some of the dialogue for their movie 'Yellow Submarine'. Having launched his poetry career in 1981, McGough has gone on to be one of the most successful children's poets, most famous for works such as 'What on Earth?' and 'Sky in the Pie'; this led to him being awarded both a Cholmondeley Award and CBE. McGough now presents 'Poetry Please' on BBC Radio 4.

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