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|Newman playing in 1972|
|Full name||Randall Stuart Newman|
|Birthday/Birthplace||(1943-11-28) November 28, 1943
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Randall Stuart Newman (Los Angeles, California, November 28, 1943), better known as Randy Newman , is an American composer, arranger, singer and pianist. He is known for his scathing songs and for his film soundtracks.
Randy Newman’s Biography
Newman was born in Los Angeles (California), in a Jewish family, but being a baby, his family moved to New Orleans (Louisiana), Lucy Moyano where his mother’s family lived. There he lived until he was 11 & nbsp; years old. His family by his father includes his uncles Alfred Newman (1901-1970, author of 20th Century Fox, among others), Lionel Newman and Emil Newman, outstanding film composers in Hollywood, as well as his cousins Thomas ( 1955-) and David. Randy’s music is reminiscent of great blues artists such as Sonny Boy Williamson(1914-1948) and New Orleans rock and roll singers like Chris Kenner.
Among the soundtracks he has composed include Ragtime and El mejor, and he composed several of the soundtracks of the Disney-Pixar films, including Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Bichos, an adventure in miniature, Monstruos, SA, Cars and The Princess and the Toad. He also composed the score and the songs in the movie James and the giant peach (1996).
Newman started writing songs at age 17, when he signed a contract as a singer with the company Reprise Records. He was part of the group The Tikis for a short time, which later became the Harpers Bizarre group, known for the version they made in 1967 of the song “Feelin ‘groovy”. To this group, Newman offered some of his compositions as “Simon Smith and the amazing dancing bear” and “Happyland”. His debut album, Randy Newman (1968), did not even reach the Billboard Top 200 chart. However, many artists such as Alan Price, Judy Collins, The Everly Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Pat Boone or Peggy Lee performed their songs. In 1970, Harry Nilsson recorded an album with Newman compositions called Nilsson sings Newman. That album was a success, and paved the way for the next album of Newman, 12 songs, where he left the elaborate arrangements of his first album for a more basic sound that would show off the sound of Newman’s piano. 12 Songs was acclaimed by the critics, but the themes of their songs (racism, sexism, violence and other problems of the society) did not have great commercial success in the era of James Taylor and Three Dog Night (who were very successful with his song “Mama told me not to come”). The following year, his album Randy Newman live was the first to appear on the Billboard list at # 191.
In 1972, he released his album Sail Away, which reached # 163 on the Billboard list. In this disc they appeared songs like “Sail away” (that gives name to the disc and that entered to comprise of the repertoire of Ray Charles), “Burn on”, in which it spoke of the pollution of the Cuyahoga river in Ohio, or perhaps the more well-known “You can leave your hat on”, that was later interpreted by Joe Cocker, Keb Mo, Tom Jones or Etta James.
In later years he released albums like Good old boys, which reached # 36 on the Billboard and was 21 weeks in the Top 200; Little criminals, where the song “Short people” appeared; Born again, where appeared the song “The story of a rock and roll band” that interpreted the Electric Light Orchestra; Trouble in Paradise, where his hit “I love LA” was included; or Land of Dreams, where he remembers his youth in New Orleans.
Newman’s work as a film composer began in 1971, when he composed the music for Norman Lear’s film A Month of Abstinence. He returned to work for the cinema in 1981 when he composed the music for the movie Ragtime, for which he was nominated for two Academy Awards.
In the 90s, he was again nominated by the Academy for his song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from the movie Toy Story (1995).
After 15 nominations to the Academy Awards without having won none, he broke this streak when he received the award for the best song in 2002 for the piece “Ifdid not have you” from the movie Monstruos SA. his second Oscar for the best song with “We belong together”, Toy Story 3 theme.
Randy Newman Net Worth – $50 Million
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