Randy Newman

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2013

Inducted by: Don Henley

Nominated in: 2005   2013

First Eligible: 1991 Ceremony


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2017 (ranked #222) .


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Sail Away (1972)

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Sail Away (1972)

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It took 15 years just to get Randy on the ballot? The man is a bona fide legend, one-of-a-kind and unanimously considered one of the greatest songwriters of his generation. He's a musical genius.

At least getting him on the ballot was a start, now let's put him back and finally get him in!

Posted by Jonah on Wednesday, 03.14.07 @ 13:15pm


It took 15 years just to get Randy on the ballot? The man is a bona fide legend, one-of-a-kind and unanimously considered one of the greatest songwriters of his generation. He's a musical genius.

At least getting him on the ballot was a start, now let's put him back and finally get him in!

Posted by Jonah on Wednesday, 03.14.07 @ 13:16pm


Randy Newman is a genious. He has made more of an impact on rock/pop than silversun pickups, whoever the hell that is.

Posted by Dana Arentzen on Wednesday, 03.21.07 @ 12:31pm


Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits & Dr. John all belong in the hall.

Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 09.6.07 @ 13:38pm


Newman did not have much success as a performer but has a better chance for induction as a nonperformer.

Posted by a person on Wednesday, 10.15.08 @ 11:53am


Randy's first single came out in 1962, making him eligible in 1987/88.

Posted by Kev on Wednesday, 04.29.09 @ 10:04am


One would think Newman would be a darling of the hall. His albums got five star ratings in Rolling Stone. He's just obscure enough that not everyone's heard of him. He's had more songs made hits by other artists than he's had himself. His lyrics are sarcastic and abstruse. He doesn't seem to care how many records he sells.

In other words, in addition to being good, he also fits all political criteria for the hall.

His voice is a little abrasive for me to really handle prolonged listening and I think he could rock a little more than he does, but I respect him, particularly for songwriting, and think he deserves to be in the hall.

And he will be. Sometime in the next ten years.

Posted by Mike on Monday, 03.15.10 @ 20:49pm


randy newman is already a disney legend why cant he be a rock legend he is a world class songwriter and he has such a unique voice its one of a kind all i can say randy is you got a friend in me

Posted by mike w on Thursday, 11.4.10 @ 22:30pm


Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits & Dr. John all belong in the hall.

Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 09.6.07 @ 13:38pm

Interesting how Chalkie posted this back in '07 and three of those have already been inducted. I hope Newman and Zevon get in soon.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 08:46am


Neil Diamond has recorded three Randy Newman songs: I Think It's Gonna Rain Today, Feels Like Home and Losing You. Also, Neil Diamond named his first Rick Rubin-produced album "12 Songs" which is also the title of Randy Newman's 1970 album.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 07.2.11 @ 13:31pm


Tahvo,

Did you know Randy Newman had a song called "Suzanne" on his album "12 Songs" It was his own, not the more famous one written by Leonard Cohen.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 07.3.11 @ 14:45pm


If you read some of his interviews, you'll know he comes across as difficult and sarcastic. I imagine a lot of people at the Hall of Fame just don't like him.

Posted by Ras Trent on Saturday, 12.17.11 @ 07:25am


Does he deserve to get in? Absolutely.
Will he get in? Not so sure.

He is influential, but he's just a little too unknown. The majority of his fans probably started listening to him after hearing him sing "You've Got a Friend in Me" from Toy Story; hell, that's how I know him! But he is a good singer and deserves to be put in.

Posted by Troy on Tuesday, 03.6.12 @ 16:51pm


Terrible, terrible multiple-time nomination. Nobody thinks some 4 foot tall L.A. Jew plinking away on a piano while shit-talking Whites and the South is rock. The Hall shames itself by forcing the issue with this midget punchline. Shouldn't Randy be tickling the ivories for some kid's movie I wouldn't watch for a hundred bucks cash?



Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 15:04pm


I think 'L.A. Jew' and whining about the poor whites gives this jerk away.

FRL, you should consider whether or not you want this guy posting on your site.

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 15:56pm


Harsh words for Mr. Newman coming from a metal fan called Neckbeard.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 15:58pm


Tahvo,

Did you know Randy Newman had a song called "Suzanne" on his album "12 Songs" It was his own, not the more famous one written by Leonard Cohen.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 07.3.11 @ 14:45pm

Wow, talk about a long awaited response, Aaron, sorry about that. No, not really familiar with Newman's "Suzanne" as I'm not too much of a fan (though I agree he's deserving of the Hall based on what I do know of him) but I'll look into it.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 16:02pm


I'd rather stare at SRV's coffin and Jon Lord's tombstone than listen to a second of half the garbage that got nominated this year. Fact. Randy Newman is a novelty act, safe satirist and commercial whore non-artist.



Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 16:08pm


Neckbeard, I wasn't aware that Randy Newman could stir up such negative emotion in anyone, heh, you learn something new everyday.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 16:11pm


induct him for toy story soundtrack, TS3 was a bloody great movie.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 16:25pm


"Terrible, terrible multiple-time nomination. Nobody thinks some 4 foot tall L.A. Jew plinking away on a piano while shit-talking Whites and the South is rock."

you a fan of skrewdriver or burzum, by any chance, neckbeard?

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 16:28pm


"Neckbeard's argument is a typically rockist (therefore inherently racist) one. That is not to say that he himself is a racist."

Never mind, I take this back. He is a racist (and rockist) scumbag.

Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 16:57pm


Nothing wrong at all w/being a "rockist". The other baggage he's bringing along is something else, but there's nothing wrong w/being "rockist".

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 17:13pm


Skrewdriver actually does belnng in as an infamous politically orientated band that inspired people and really got the juices flowing. Plus, they are just a solid band. By the same token I have been arguing for Crass and Dead Kennedys and Rage Against The Machine is an absolute lock for the Hall so it would be a nice little yin/yang thing to put 'em in.

Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 18:59pm


"Skrewdriver actually does belnng in as an infamous politically orientated band that inspired people and really got the juices flowing. "

Inspired people to be bigoted dickheads, maybe.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 10.11.12 @ 12:47pm


But still influential and worthy, right? Even if the influence wasn't something you'd like? I'll take 'em over Randy Newman any day. Randy Newman ain't no fun. Hate it all you will, but Rock Against Communism and Hatecore do not exist without Skrewdriver in the same way that peace punk or crust punk would be lost without extremist left wing bands.

Posted by Neckbeard on Thursday, 10.11.12 @ 17:19pm


And ROC and hatecore are incredibly small genres. Anyway, i've always seen the hall as celebrating not just the persons influence, but the person themself. That's why i'm always iffy about stuff like this.

Anyway, I bet Randy would slay Skrewdriver in influence.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 10.12.12 @ 11:34am


Bull. Randy doesn't slay anything. Speaking of which, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that puts Randy Newman in before Slayer is trash.

Kris Kristofferson is the singer/songerwriter/musician that should go in. He's brilliant. Randy is a sellout hack.



Posted by Neckbeard on Sunday, 10.14.12 @ 09:08am


Actually I would probably put Slayer in before Randy Newman.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 10.14.12 @ 09:49am


GFW, Toy Story 3 was a great movie, but I don't think Randy had much to do with that, beyond maybe ambience soundtrack, if even that. Admittedly, being my age, the first movie was the first I'd ever heard of him.

I don't think Newman's too obscure, at least in terms of people having heard of him, but I would say he's a bit too "kitsch" for most people.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 10.27.12 @ 15:57pm


The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Who Will Vote For Randy Newman:

Bob Dylan, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Jackson Brown, John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Alice Cooper, Donovan

Posted by Roy on Friday, 11.9.12 @ 07:16am


The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Who Will Vote For Randy Newman:

Bob Dylan, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Bob Seger, Jackson Brown, John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Alice Cooper, Donovan

Posted by Roy on Friday, 11.9.12 @ 07:24am


Roy
wouldn't it be wonderful!

Posted by Happy on Friday, 11.9.12 @ 11:23am


The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Who Will Vote For Randy Newman:

Bob Dylan, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Bob Seger, Jackson Brown, John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Alice Cooper, Donovan

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 11.10.12 @ 08:07am


Sorry guys, BUT I look at Randy Newman and I see a big fat lard at the piano who kisses much of the entertainment industry's @$$. He's got that magic touch that somehow makes all the so-called professional critics like him.

I can't deny that he was a great songwriter (or better word: composer) and he's got quite an interesting voice, plus his 'Short People' and 'I Love LA' songs are not that bad, but just someone tell me why this guy deserves to be in the R&RHOF.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Wednesday, 12.12.12 @ 22:25pm


Fail.

Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 12.13.12 @ 02:10am


That was about Jason Voigt's comment, not Newman's induction. BTW, has anyone checked out post no. 4 lately? Kinda weird.

Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 12.13.12 @ 02:11am


Chalkie you prophetic bastard!

I truly hope Warren Zevon (the only one who has yet to be inducted gets in soon).

Posted by rockstar23 on Thursday, 12.13.12 @ 02:14am


Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits & Dr. John all belong in the hall.

Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 09.6.07 @ 13:38pm

Many years later, 4 down, 1 to go!!!

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 12.13.12 @ 03:47am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOpEXVIcmmk

Randy Newman induction video surfaces

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 07.7.13 @ 23:25pm


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