I've always loved lists; indeed, that article may well be where I got started with this love affair. So I dashed out and bought Twelve Songs. And Randy Newman immediately became one of those desert island performers for me. In fact, if I could only bring one album to that island? It might even be Twelve Songs.
- Have You Seen My Baby? – 2:32
- Let's Burn Down the Cornfield – 3:03
- Mama Told Me Not to Come – 2:12
- Suzanne – 3:15
- Lover's Prayer – 1:55
- Lucinda – 2:40
- Underneath the Harlem Moon (by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel) – 1:52
- Yellow Man – 2:19
- Old Kentucky Home – 2:40
- Rosemary – 2:08
- If You Need Oil – 3:00
- Uncle Bob's Midnight Blues – 2:15
Here's Randy singing "Sail Away" and "I Think It's Going to Rain Today." The first is satirical. He very often writes from a made-up persona's POV. The second has been covered by 68 other artists, including Joe Cocker, Eric Burdon, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Nina Simone, Madeleine Peyroux, and Peter Gabriel.
And here's a short humorous British documentary about him.
We went to hear Randy Newman in concert a few times back in the late 70s/early 80s. Just him and a piano. We knew his songs by heart. I didn't sing along, but I certainly do now when we put his LPs/CDs on. What an amazing songwriter.