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Randy Newman writes mordant, ironic, concise songs with chromatic twists worthy of George Gershwin and Kurt Weill.

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Randy Newman writes mordant, ironic, concise songs with chromatic twists worthy of George Gershwin and Kurt Weill. He sings in a deep drawl and accompanies himself on piano (Fats Domino was an early hero) and often tours alone. Newman tends to write lyrics about characters usually bordering on the pathological: bigots, perverts, slaveship captains, ELO fans. While this practice tends to limit his pop appeal, a few of his songs have been widely covered, and he has a solid cult following. He has had one major hit single —"Short People" (#2, 1978) —and recorded other popular songs, including "The Blues" (#54, 1983) and "I Love L.A." Since the '80s he has also established himself as a leading composer of movie soundtracks, collecting 13 Oscar nominations for his efforts.

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.

Newman's early songs were recorded by a number of performers. His friend Harry Nilsson recorded an entire album with Newman on piano, Nilsson Sings Newman, in 1970. Judy Collins ("I Think It's Going to Rain Today"), Peggy Lee ("Love Story"), and Three Dog Night —for whom "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" hit #1 —all enjoyed success with Newman's music.

Newman became a popular campus attraction when touring with Nilsson. His status as a cult star was affirmed by his critically praised debut, Randy Newman, in 1968, which featured his own complex arrangements for full orchestra, and later by 1970's 12 Songs. He also sang "Gone Dead Train" on the soundtrack of Performance (1970). Live and Sail Away were Newman's first commercial successes, but his audience has been limited to some degree because his songs are often colored by his ironic, pointed sense of humor, which is rarely simple and frequently misunderstood.

Good Old Boys, for example, was a concept album about the South, with the lyrics expressing the viewpoint of white Southerners. Lyrics such as "We're rednecks, and we don't know our ass from a hole in the ground" made people wonder whether Newman was being satirical or sympathetic. He toured (to Atlanta and elsewhere) behind the album with a full orchestra that played his arrangements and was conducted by his uncle Emil Newman.

Little Criminals, in 1977, contained Newman's first hit single, "Short People," which mocked bigotry and was taken seriously by a vocal offended minority. "Baltimore" from that album was covered by Nina Simone. Following that album's release, Newman toured for the first time since 1974. He claimed that in the interim he'd done nothing but watch television and play with his three sons.

In 1979 his Born Again featured guest vocals by members of the Eagles. In 1981 Newman composed the soundtrack for the film Ragtime (the first of many soundtrack assignments) and was nominated for two Oscars (Best Song, Best Score). His 1983 album, Trouble in Paradise, included guest appearances by Linda Ronstadt, members of Fleetwood Mac, and Paul Simon, who sang a verse of "The Blues." That album's "I Love L.A." became something of an anthem, thanks in part to a flashy music video directed by Newman's cousin, Tim Newman (who went on to shoot popular videos for ZZ Top, among others). Land of Dreams (#80, 1988) spawned a minor hit in "It's Money That Matters" (#60, 1988). It would take Newman 10 more years to make another studio album, 1999's critically acclaimed Bad Love. With that record peaking at #194, he continues to meet his biggest success in Hollywood, where he spent most of the '90s becoming one of the town's most sought-after film composers. Although the material on his own records is literate and biting, the songs he writes for movies are decidedly simpler and with a sunnier outlook —and they usually meet with more success. Both "I Love to See You Smile" from Parenthood and "When She Loved Me" from Toy Story 2, for instance, were nominated for Oscars; in 1998 alone, Newman garnered three Oscar nominations for three different movies.

In 1995 Newman wrote a musical adaptation of Goethe's Faust. Both the play and the accompanying CD (which featured guests such as Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Elton John, Don Henley, and James Taylor in the role of God) were commercially unsuccessful. In 2000 he received the Billboard Century Award.

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Harps and Angels: Piano/Vocal/Chords

Harps and Angels: Piano/Vocal/Chords

The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 1

The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 1

Randy Newman Guitar Songbook (Guitar Tab) (Guitar-Tab Edition)

Randy Newman Guitar Songbook (Guitar Tab) (Guitar-Tab Edition)

Randy Newman Anthology, Vol. 2 (Music for Film, Television and Theater)

Randy Newman Anthology, Vol. 2 (Music for Film, Television and Theater)

Randy Newman -- Bad Love: Piano/Vocal/Chords

Randy Newman -- Bad Love: Piano/Vocal/Chords

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Randy Newman

Randy Newman writes mordant, ironic, concise songs with chromatic twists worthy of George Gershwin and Kurt Weill.

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Randy Newman Biography

Randy Newman writes mordant, ironic, concise songs with chromatic twists worthy of George Gershwin and Kurt Weill. He sings in a deep drawl and accompanies himself on piano (Fats Domino was an early hero) and often tours alone. Newman tends to write lyrics about characters usually bordering on the pathological: bigots, perverts, slaveship captains, ELO fans. While this practice tends to limit his pop appeal, a few of his songs have been widely covered, and he has a solid cult following. He has had one major hit single —"Short People" (#2, 1978) —and recorded other popular songs, including "The Blues" (#54, 1983) and "I Love L.A." Since the '80s he has also established himself as a leading composer of movie soundtracks, collecting 13 Oscar nominations for his efforts.

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.

Newman's early songs were recorded by a number of performers. His friend Harry Nilsson recorded an entire album with Newman on piano, Nilsson Sings Newman, in 1970. Judy Collins ("I Think It's Going to Rain Today"), Peggy Lee ("Love Story"), and Three Dog Night —for whom "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" hit #1 —all enjoyed success with Newman's music.

Newman became a popular campus attraction when touring with Nilsson. His status as a cult star was affirmed by his critically praised debut, Randy Newman, in 1968, which featured his own complex arrangements for full orchestra, and later by 1970's 12 Songs. He also sang "Gone Dead Train" on the soundtrack of Performance (1970). Live and Sail Away were Newman's first commercial successes, but his audience has been limited to some degree because his songs are often colored by his ironic, pointed sense of humor, which is rarely simple and frequently misunderstood.

Good Old Boys, for example, was a concept album about the South, with the lyrics expressing the viewpoint of white Southerners. Lyrics such as "We're rednecks, and we don't know our ass from a hole in the ground" made people wonder whether Newman was being satirical or sympathetic. He toured (to Atlanta and elsewhere) behind the album with a full orchestra that played his arrangements and was conducted by his uncle Emil Newman.

Little Criminals, in 1977, contained Newman's first hit single, "Short People," which mocked bigotry and was taken seriously by a vocal offended minority. "Baltimore" from that album was covered by Nina Simone. Following that album's release, Newman toured for the first time since 1974. He claimed that in the interim he'd done nothing but watch television and play with his three sons.

In 1979 his Born Again featured guest vocals by members of the Eagles. In 1981 Newman composed the soundtrack for the film Ragtime (the first of many soundtrack assignments) and was nominated for two Oscars (Best Song, Best Score). His 1983 album, Trouble in Paradise, included guest appearances by Linda Ronstadt, members of Fleetwood Mac, and Paul Simon, who sang a verse of "The Blues." That album's "I Love L.A." became something of an anthem, thanks in part to a flashy music video directed by Newman's cousin, Tim Newman (who went on to shoot popular videos for ZZ Top, among others). Land of Dreams (#80, 1988) spawned a minor hit in "It's Money That Matters" (#60, 1988). It would take Newman 10 more years to make another studio album, 1999's critically acclaimed Bad Love. With that record peaking at #194, he continues to meet his biggest success in Hollywood, where he spent most of the '90s becoming one of the town's most sought-after film composers. Although the material on his own records is literate and biting, the songs he writes for movies are decidedly simpler and with a sunnier outlook —and they usually meet with more success. Both "I Love to See You Smile" from Parenthood and "When She Loved Me" from Toy Story 2, for instance, were nominated for Oscars; in 1998 alone, Newman garnered three Oscar nominations for three different movies.

In 1995 Newman wrote a musical adaptation of Goethe's Faust. Both the play and the accompanying CD (which featured guests such as Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Elton John, Don Henley, and James Taylor in the role of God) were commercially unsuccessful. In 2000 he received the Billboard Century Award.

Randy Newman Videos

  • The Randy Newman Writing Style - YouTube
  • Randy Newman - A Few Words in Defense of Our Country - YouTube
  • Backstage with 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee Randy Newman ...

Randy Newman Books

FAQs on booking Randy Newman

  • How to book Randy Newman?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Randy Newman for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Randy Newman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Randy Newman or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Randy Newman?

    Booking fees for Randy Newman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Randy Newman, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Randy Newman?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Randy Newman for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Randy Newman for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Randy Newman or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Randy Newman or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Randy Newman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Randy Newman for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Randy Newman generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rob Reiner, Steven Spielberg, James Franco, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Randy Newman for an upcoming event.

Randy Newman Speaker Videos

  • The Randy Newman Writing Style - YouTube
    Randy Newman - A Few Words in Defense of Our Country - YouTube
  • Backstage with 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee Randy Newman ...

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