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“Randy Newman” (the album) is inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame

“Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating timeless recordings, The Recording Academy® has announced the newest additions to its vaunted GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®. This latest round of inducted recordings continues to highlight diversity and recording excellence, and acknowledges both singles and album recordings of all genres at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees.”

To read the GRAMMY press release (PDF), click here.

Recent Online Performances, Interviews, and Reviews

Randy in 1978

“Randy Newman: Still Biting Still Brilliant” — Spiked’s short overview of Randy’s history, triggered by Randy’s 2015 performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
“Randy Newman: Still Biting Still Brilliant”

“A great American songbook all by himself” — the Guardian’s review of Randy’s 30 October 2015 Glasgow concert:
“Randy Newman review — a great American songbook all by himself”

Mojo published a nice review of Randy’s 26 October 2015 performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall:
“Randy Newman’s Rock & Droll Circus.”

The Telegraph published two Randy-centric articles in October 2015. published “Randy Newman @ De Roma: Protestsongs zonder moraal” on October 15, 2015.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune published “Randy Newman plays an intimate house concert to benefit New Orleans Habitat for Humanity” on August 25, 2015.

Tim de Lisle wrote this nice profile of Randy for the Sept/Oct 2015 edition of “Intelligent Life” magazine: “To Irony and Beyond.”

Randy was on hand at Disney’s D23 Expo 2015 (August 14th) as part of an introduction to the “Toy Story 4” filmmaking team. Here’s the “Inside the Magic” writeup.

Randy performed at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall on July 30, 2015 as part of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Thursday Night Icons Series. He talked to WESA about his career and latest projects. Randy’s WESA interview

Randy chatted with Jimmy Fallon and performed two songs for the Tonight Show (March 3, 2014). To read a synopsis with video links, click here.

The LA Times reviewed Randy’s performance on the March 3, 2014 Tonight Show. Read their rave here.

Randy participated in “The History and Future of Hollywood Film Music,” a 2012 panel discussion on KPCC’s AirTalk program. To watch the archived video, click here.

“Rørende Randy Newman i topform,” a review of Randy’s 2012 concert in Randers. Click here to consume!

“Randy Newman — review: Festival Hall, London,” a review of Randy’s 2012 concert in London. Click here to read!

“Randy Newman & A Steinway Is All We Need,” a review of Randy’s Austin City Limits Festival performance by the Houston Press. Click here to absorb!

“Randy Newman and the Sydney Symphony,” a 2011 interview from the Sydney Opera House, is online. Click here to view!

“Randy Newman: The Return Of A Playful Icon,” an July 2011 interview from NPR’s WFUV, is online now. Click here to hear!

The Australian has an July 12, 2011 interview with Randy: “Just don’t leave Randy Newman alone with his music.” Click here to read it.

Filter focused on Randy from July 5th to July 8th (2011) with four Newman-oriented articles. To read Filter’s work, click here.

Randy appeared on WNYC’s Soundcheck on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

NPR’s “Dinner Party Download” hosted Randy on their Episode 100 (June 10, 2011) program. Randy’s segment begins at approximately 11:40 in. To hear it, click here.

Randy was on Jimmy Fallon’s program on Monday, May 16, 2011. Randy performed “Losing You” at the end of the program and performed “Short People” as a Web Exclusive.

The A.V. Club asked Randy specific questions about a number of his songs.

The A.V. Club also featured Randy in the May 19, 2011 edition of their “Gateways to Geekery” series: Randy Newman.

Randy has an audio interview with ABC Sydney about his upcoming orchestral concerts in Australia.

A blogger for the Phoenix New Times reviewed Randy’s Memorial-Day weekend appearance at the Arizona Biltmore.

Randy chatted with the Huffington Post’s Mike Ragogna.

Randy discussed “Losing You” for the Guardian’s “How I wrote …” series. Click here to watch the video of his explanation and a performance of the song.

The UK’s Telegraph gives five stars to “The Randy Newman Songbook, Volume 2.” Click here to read the review.

Randy’s interview with the BBC’s “The Strand” is online.

Randy’s interview with Kirsty Lang on BBC Radio 4 is online.

Randy is on Jools Holland’s 30-minute “Later” BBC show in some regions of the globe.

Randy appeared on Jools Holland’s 60-minute BBC show.

Read the Independent’s review of the Songbook Vol. 2.

Randy in 2011

Randy honored by PEN New England on Monday, June 2, 2014

Randy, “whose 40-year career has included a few improbable hits (‘Short People’ and ‘I Love L.A.’), two Academy Awards (and 20 nominations), and a trove of smart, satirical songs that has won him the reverence of his peers, seemed to enjoy himself Monday. He told the crowd he’s ‘just enough of a snob’ to relish receiving an award from a literary group.”

To read the whole story, click here.

Randy and Elvis Costello

Randy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18, 2013

Randy finally made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

“I really thought maybe I’d have to die first,” he tells Rolling Stone.  “I didn’t think it would happen if it didn’t happen, you know, a little earlier. But this is great. I’m really glad it happened when I was still around to see it.”

Rolling Stone has more information here.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on April 18th, 2013 at the Nokia Theater and broadcast on HBO May 18th.

For information, please visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s site.

Congratulations Randy!

Humble Randy

Everychild Within Us and Randy

The Everychild Foundation has produced a CD — Everychild Within Us — to help fund their ongoing efforts to ease suffering of children in the greater Los Angeles area, whether due to disease, disability, abuse, neglect, or poverty. Among performers such as Kenny Loggins, Shawn Colvin, and others, Randy has contributed “Feels Like Home.”

To purchase the CD, please visit the Everychild site.

Randy “On Canvas,” WHYY-style

“On Canvas”
WHYY, Your Television

Randy is the subject of WHYY’s “On Canvas” series. Legendary!

Click here to watch the recording.

Randy on



Audio Interviews with Randy

Here are two audio interviews with Randy.

KCRW’s Kim Masters talks to Randy about The Business in “Randy Newman’s Oscar Run.”

InContention.Com has a phone interview with Randy: “TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: ‘Toy Story 3’ composer and songwriter Randy Newman.”

“We Belong Together” Wins an Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweeted “Congratulations Randy Newman, Winner of Best Original Song for ‘We Belong Together’ – This is his second Oscars Win.”

“I’m very grateful for this and surprised. My percentages aren’t great. I’ve been nominated 20 times and this is the 2nd time I won. At the Academy, at the lunch they have for the nominees, where they have like a Randy Newman chicken by this time, the, Mr. Mischer said that it’s not really good television to take a list out of your pocket and thank a lot of people. It’s not my style anyway, but it is in this case. I mean to have worked for Pixar doing the six pictures I’ve done, this one Lee Unkrich and worked with Mitchell Froom, Chris Montan at Disney. I just have to thank these people. I don’t want to, I want to be good television so badly, as you can see. I’ve been on this show any number of times and I’ve slowed it down almost every time. No wonder they only nominate 4 songs, what about cinematography. So there’s 5. They could find a fifth song from someone. But hell with it. Think it might have beat me. Anyway, I thank you all very much for this. The Academy has been enormously kind to me as has the Music Branch and I love you all. Thank you very much.”

Click here to watch Randy’s acceptance speech.

A series of blog posts in the LA Times about Randy

The LA Times has dedicated four blog posts in a row to Randy. Find out about Randy’s movie scoring history as well as his driving record!

Click here to read the first installment: Randy Newman on playing at the Oscars: ‘It’s not, ahem, a great audience.

Click here to read the second installment: Randy Newman on writing songs about pigs: ‘It probably hurt my chances for a hit.’

Click here to read the third installment: Randy Newman on playing Oscar night: ‘The Academy never goes for any of my trashy ideas.

Click here to read the fourth installment: If you go for a drive with Randy Newman, watch out!

Randy in USA Today

There’s a nice article about Randy in USA Today.

Click here to view the article.

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