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Randy Newman

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Randall Stuart “Randy” Newman (born November 28, 1943) is a singer/songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist who is notable for his mordant (and often satirical) pop songs and for his many film scores.

Newman is noted for his practice of writing lyrics from the perspective of a character far removed from Newman’s own biography. For example, the 1972 song “Sail Away” is written as a slave trader’s sales pitch to attract slaves, while the narrator of “Political Science” is a U.S. nationalist who complains of worldwide ingratitude toward America and proposes a brutally ironic final solution. One of his biggest hits, “Short People” was written from the perspective of “a lunatic” who hates short people. Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer. His film scores include Ragtime, Awakenings, The Natural, Leatherheads, James and the Giant Peach, Meet the Parents, Seabiscuit and The Princess and the Frog. He has scored six Disney-Pixar films: Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Cars and most recently Toy Story 3.

He has been awarded an Academy Award, three Emmys, four Grammy Awards, and the Governor’s Award from the Recording Academy. Newman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2007, Newman was inducted as a Disney Legend.

Newman grew up in a musical family with Hollywood connections; his uncles Alfred and Lionel both scored numerous films. By age 17, Randy was staff writer for a California music publisher. One semester short of a B.A. in music from UCLA, he dropped out of school. Lenny Waronker, son of Liberty Records’ president, was a close friend and, later, as a staff producer for Warner Bros., helped get Newman signed to the label.

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  • FrankShiner

    I hope you'll check out my version of Randy's brilliant song, Feels Like Home. It's produced by Gary Katz of Steely Dan renown. I hope you like it, I feel honored to have recorded it. www.facebook.com/frankshinermusic

    5 Mar 1:59am Reply
  • porynog

    >not the grind band

    4 Feb 10:06pm Reply
  • doobedoobe

    Really good, tastefull music.

    10 Jan 4:38pm Reply
  • Unkn0wnumb3rs

    oh man the Achievement Hunter impersonations of Randy :)

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • GoldenSlumbers9

    No, it's because they think that the song has so much attention that it draws away from the rest of the artist's work. There's nothing especially edgy about thinking Randy Newman's an incredible songwriter and being sad that so few people venture beyond his most popular song.

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • JustAKayee

    Why do people always say an artist's most popular or well-known song is their worst? Do you people get 'cool points' for doing this or something? Often if a person has a song that is more well-known than their other songs it's because it's better than the rest of their music. People do love to be edgy, special little snowflakes, don't they?

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • aga_ridwan

    hi :)

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    “What I wanted, more than money or sales or fame, was praise, and now that I've got it, it seems I'm worried that I won't get it again.” - In 1974, Randy Newman was on the brink of quitting the music industry and returning to his 9 to 5. That same year, Newman revealed all of his songwriting demons in an exhilarating one hour confessional with Bruce Pollock: http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/randy_newman/

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    listenin to good old boys,don't know what it's about but i like it.

    20 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    boom goes london and boom paris

    7 Oct 2012 Reply
  • newmusicmark

    New political song from Randy available for free: http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/new-randy-newman-song-im-dreaming-available-for-free-download-2012-09-18

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
  • u2theedge

    genius he's the man

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • RonZol

    Excellent!

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • clairelovesyou

    idk why but at 1am this song jus randomly came into my head lala you've got a fweeend in me

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
  • TheFructose

    It's hard to believe the same guy that wrote "Rednecks" did so many Disney soundtracks. Regardless, the man's a genius. One of the only artists that can make me want to laugh and cry at the same time.

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • BihMusic

    "Monsters, Inc." and "The Scare Floor" <333

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Gabriel_Opeth

    The Cleaner is genius

    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • dream0N_

    Well, "You've got a friend in me" is a masterpiece :)

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • blevon

    Such a shame that most people only know 'You've got a friend in me', his only song that's not on my ipod...

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Charles_Heres

    Lovely! true genius. 'Let it shine'

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
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