I didn't even know he was still alive...but his death went pretty much unheralded yesterday when he passed away at the age of 81: poet and songwriter Rod McKuen.

People really got into his work but the critics were not so kind...but in the end, it's the people who count, NOT critics.

Read his obit BY CLICKING HERE.

You can also check out his WEBSITE HERE.

And check out his amazing list of recordings, books and poetry on Wiki

It's quite an amazing legacy of work he's leaving behind.