Rod McKuen was born April 29, 1933. Rod McKuen, a successful poet and songwriter in the late 1960s and 1970s. McKuen was twice nominated for an Oscar — in 1970 for the song “Jean” from the Maggie Smith film “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” and in 1971 for original song score of the Peanuts movie “A Boy Named Charlie Brown.” His song “Seasons in the Sun,” to music by Jacques Brel, hit the top of the charts in 1974. Though recorded by McKuen, the hit version was by Canadian singer Terry Jacks. Rodney Marvin McKuen Biography and Profile.