Newman, Randy

Portrait
Born: Nov 28, 1943 AD
Currently alive, at 71 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Composers, Musicians, Singer, Songwriter


1943 – He was born on the 28th day of November this year in Los Angeles, California.

 

1960 – He was briefly a member of the band The Tikis, who would later on become Harpers Bizarre.

 

1961 – He became a professional songwriter by the time he was seventeen his first single as a performer in “Golden Gridiron Boy”, released when he was eighteen.

 

1968 – His debut album, Randy Newman, never dented the Billboard Top 200.

 

1970 – Harry Nilsson recorded an album of his compositions called Nilsson Sings Newman.

 

1971 – Randy work as a film composer began in this year, with his work on the Bud Yorkin satire Cold Turkey.

 

1972 – His album Sail Away reached #163 on Billboard, with the title track making its way into the repertoire of Ray Charles and Linda Ronstadt.

 

1974 – His release Good Old Boys was a set of songs about the American South; “Rednecks” began with a description of segregationist Lester Maddox pitted against a “smart-ass New York Jew” on a TV show, in a song that seems to criticize both southern racism and the complacent bigotry of American northeasterners who stereotype all southerners as racist.

 

1980 – He has worked mostly as a film composer. His film scores include Ragtime, The Natural, Toy Story, Seabiscuit, and Meet the Fockers.

 

1981 – He returned to film work with “Ragtime”, for which he was nominated for two Academy Awards.

 

1983 – His album Trouble in Paradise included the hit single “I Love L.A.,” a song that has been interpreted as both praising and criticizing its subject, in this case, Los Angeles.

 

1986 – He co-wrote the film ¡Three Amigos! With Steve Martin and Lorne Michaels, wrote three songs for the film, and provided the voice for the singing bush.

 

1988 – He has released two albums of new material as a singer-songwriter Land of Dreams.

 

1989 – His album “Burn On” was used as the opening theme to the film Major League, whose focus was the hapless Cleveland Indians.

 

1996 – He also scored the film “James and the Giant Peach”.

 

2001 – His streak was broken when he received the Oscar for Best Song this year, for the Monsters Inc. song “If I Didn’t Have You”, beating the likes of Enya and Paul McCartney.

 

2002 – He has also been singled out for a bevy of awards by his colleagues, including an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, four Grammy Awards, and the Governor’s Award of the recording academy.He was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

 

2006 – He premiered three new songs: Potholes in memory lane (a straight blues song about losing your memory when you get older), Missing you (a love ballad) and the political controversial A few words in defence of our country.

 

2007- He performed a new song written for the movie. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band hereby accompanied him.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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