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Better writer than singer,
This review is from: On Vine Street: The Early Songs Of Randy Newman (Audio CD)
Long before Randy Newman made his vocal debut as a singer songwriter he was already known as the writer of songs by Gene Pitney,Harpers Bizzarre and Alan Price who all had hits with his songs.
So Denmark street in London was being flooded with demos by Newman and some of these would be picked up by recording managers like George Martin who recorded Cilla Black on I've been wrong before and Denny Cordell who recorded a folk singer called Beverley-soon to be known as Beverley Martin-on another called Happy New Year.Neither of these songs were issued in the States.
However Happy New Year is quite simply a magnificent record which starts off with a heavily amplified series of piano chords and really kicks ass.her only other single was the Donovan song Museum which was in competition with Hermans Hermits.
Newman himself is really an albums artist-his only hit single was Short people so really his fame rests on all the British records made of Newman songs,
Earliest one I think was the Fleetwoods' They tell me its Summer and he was no more than a staff writer for Metric Music