Born in Los Angeles but taken to New Orleans as an infant, Newman was still a young boy when his family returned to Los Angeles, where his uncle Emil Newman was a conductor and his uncles Lionel and Alfred Newman composed scores for motion pictures. He studied musical composition at the University of California at Los Angeles and worked as a staff songwriter for a publishing company. Bringing his love for the New Orleans piano-oriented rhythm and blues of Fats Domino and Professor Longhair to the pop music tradition of George Gershwin , Newman released Sail Away and Good Old Boys , with sardonic songs whose underlying humaneness and sense of social justice were often misinterpreted by listeners but much praised by critics.
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Suppose that pop music—in the pre-modern sense of the term, as in American popular song, the kind of music once enjoyed by grown-ups and kids alike, from the time of Stephen Foster to the heydays of Scott Joplin, George M. Not in opposition to rock, but alongside it. Two other uncles, Emil and Lionel, were also composer-conductors. Why not wed that heritage to contemporary pop songs? For Randy and a few young compatriots in his native Los Angeles, including his fellow singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson and the two men who produced Randy Newman, Lenny Waronker and Van Dyke Parks, the late 60s were a time of open-ended pop possibility. Exciting times: the Great American Songbook, presumed bound and finished, was about to have some strange new chapters glued into it. And, lo, the choogling rock hegemony prevailed. Back then, I felt it was almost like cheating to have a drum. Homo habilis, maybe?
Randall Stuart Newman born November 28, is an American singer-songwriter, arranger and composer known for his Southern-affected singing style, early Americana -influenced songs often with mordant or satirical lyrics , and various film scores. Born in Los Angeles to an extended family of Hollywood film composers, Newman began his songwriting career at the age of 17, penning hits for acts such as the Fleetwoods , Cilla Black , Gene Pitney , and the Alan Price Set. Since the s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer. Newman has received twenty-two Academy Award nominations in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories and has won twice in the latter category, contributing to the Newmans being the most nominated Academy Award extended family , with a collective 92 nominations in various music categories. Newman was born to a Jewish family on November 28, , his father's 30th birthday,  in Los Angeles.
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