Moondog (American composer, musician, poet and inventor)

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Legal name: Louis Thomas Hardin


Louis Thomas Hardin (May 26, 1916 – September 8, 1999), better known as Moondog, was an American composer, musician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. He was blind from the age of 16. In New York from the late 1940s until he left in 1972, he could often be found on 6th Avenue between 52nd and 55th Street wearing a cloak and Viking-style helmet, sometimes busking or selling music, but often just standing silent and still.

He was widely recognized as "the Viking of 6th Avenue" by thousands of passersby and residents who weren't aware of his musical career.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1953 Moondog and His Friends Moondog 2
1956 Moondog Moondog 2
1956 More Moondog Moondog 1
1957 The Story of Moondog Moondog 1
1969 Moondog Moondog 2
1971 Moondog 2 Moondog 1
1977 In Europe Moondog 2
1978 H'art Songs Moondog 3
1979 A New Sound of an Old Instrument Moondog 2
1987 Bracelli Moondog Conducts Fläskkvartetten 1
1991 Elpmas Moondog 1
1994 Sax Pax for a Sax Moondog & The London Saxophonic 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Moondog Moondog 1
1989 Moondog / Moondog 2 Moondog 2
2004 The German Years 1977-1999 Moondog 1
2005 The Viking of Sixth Avenue Moondog 2
2006 Rare Material Moondog 1
More Moondog / The Story of Moondog Moondog 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1953 Moondog on the Streets of New York Moondog 1
1953 Pastoral Suite / Surf Session Moondog 1
1955 Moondog's Music Moondog and His Honking Geese 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Big Band Moondog with London Brass & London Saxophonic 1

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