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Guest DJ Randy Newman

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Guest DJ Randy Newman

Guest DJ Randy Newman

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All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen says that Randy Newman's new CD, Harps and Angels, is as good as anything he's ever done — and, at times, better. Boilen says he's happy he doesn't have to say, "I really liked his older stuff," and that it's a relief to be able to say, "I like him better when he's older." He invited Randy Newman to guest DJ an episode of the show and talk about his favorite songs, as well as the musicians who've influenced him the most.

Newman tells stories about his musical family. Three of his uncles composed for film, the most well-known being Alfred Newman. He recalls the lady who took care of him and his brothers when he was young introducing him to LaVern Baker and Elvis Presley. But Newman says that Ray Charles was probably his biggest influence; Newman thinks he sounded like Ray Charles before he even heard him. And he remembers the rock-star stature of the conductor Toscanini and the first time he heard the Beatles' harmonies.

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Guest DJ Randy Newman

How Green Was My Valley

Love Denied

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Alfred Newman

  • Song: Love Denied
  • from How Green Was My Valley

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How Green Was My Valley
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How Green Was My Valley
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Alfred Newman
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Fox
Released
1941

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Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

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Arturo Toscanini

  • Song: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
  • from Beethoven: 9 Symphonies/Leonore Overture No. 3

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Beethoven: 9 Symphonies/Leonore Overture No. 3
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Arturo Toscanini
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RCA
Released
1990

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Saved

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LaVern Baker

  • Song: Saved
  • from Soul on Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker

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Soul on Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker
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Soul on Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker
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LaVern Baker
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Atlantic
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1991

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Harps and Angels

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Randy Newman

  • Song: Harps and Angels
  • from Harps and Angels

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Harps and Angels
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Randy Newman
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Nonesuch
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2008

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Just for a Thrill

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Ray Charles

  • Song: Just for a Thrill
  • from Genius of Ray Charles

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Genius of Ray Charles
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Genius of Ray Charles
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Ray Charles
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Warner Jazz
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1959

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Political Science

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Randy Newman

  • Song: Political Science
  • from The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1

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From Me to You

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The Beatles

  • Song: From Me to You
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