Guest DJ Randy Newman

All Songs Collage

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

Alfred Newman

  • Artist: Alfred Newman
  • Album: How Green Was My Valley
  • Song: Love Denied

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Love Denied
Album
How Green Was My Valley
Artist
Alfred Newman
Label
Fox
Released
1941

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Arturo Toscanini

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

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Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
Album
Beethoven: 9 Symphonies/Leonore Overture No. 3
Artist
Arturo Toscanini
Label
RCA
Released
1990

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LaVern Baker

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

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Saved
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Soul on Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker
Artist
LaVern Baker
Label
Atlantic
Released
1991

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Randy Newman

  • Artist: Randy Newman
  • Album: Harps and Angels
  • Song: Harps and Angels

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Harps and Angels
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Harps and Angels
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Randy Newman
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Nonesuch
Released
2008

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Ray Charles

  • Artist: Ray Charles
  • Album: Genius of Ray Charles
  • Song: Just for a Thrill

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Just for a Thrill
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Genius of Ray Charles
Artist
Ray Charles
Label
Warner Jazz
Released
1959

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Randy Newman

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

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Political Science
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The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1
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Randy Newman
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Nonesuch

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The Beatles

  • Artist: The Beatles
  • Album: The Beatles 1
  • Song: From Me to You

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From Me to You
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The Beatles 1
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The Beatles
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Apple/Capitol

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