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Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died in Key West, Florida, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameSheldon Allan Silverstein
Nickname Uncle Shelby
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Sheldon Allan Silverstein. He died on May 10, 1999 in Key West, Florida, USA.

Trivia (7)

His best-known books, "The Giving Tree" (1964) and "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (1974), were reissued in deluxe editions in 2004.
Music composer, author and poet.
He wrote several songs for the 1970s group 'Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show'.
Johnny Cash recorded two of Silverstein's poems, "A Boy Named Sue" (1969) which reached No. 2 on the Billboard "Hot 100". He also recorded "25 Minutes to Go", first released on his legendary comeback LP "At Folsom Prison" (1968).
He was awarded the 1983 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work for "Gorilla" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
He wrote the song "A Boy Named Sue" after attending a judicial conference in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (a town mentioned in the song), at which a featured speaker was a male prosecutor named Sue Hicks.
Shel wrote several songs for the 1970's group Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show.

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