Veronica “Randy” Crawford (born February 18, 1952, Macon, Georgia)is an American jazz and R&B singer. She has been more successful in Europe than in the United States, where she has not entered the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist.She has had multiple top five hits in the UK, including her 1980 number 2 hit, “One Day I’ll Fly Away”.
Crawford first performed at club gigs from Cincinnati to Saint-Tropez, but made her name in mid 1970s in New York, where she sang with jazzmen George Benson and Cannonball Adderley. She signed with Columbia Records and released her first single, “Knock On Wood” / “If You Say the Word” in 1972. Adderley invited her to sing on his album, Big Man (1975).During a brief tenure at Columbia Records, Crawford recorded “Don’t Get Caught in Love’s Triangle”.
In 1978, Crawford performed on the second solo album of former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. She sang vocals on “Hoping Love Will Last”, the opening song on side two of Please Don’t Touch.
She led R&B veterans the Crusaders on the transatlantic hit “Street Life” (1979). It was featured in the soundtrack for the films Sharky’s Machine and Jackie Brown, and appeared in commercials in the early 2000s. She later recorded for Warner Bros. Records. Crawford was named the ‘Most Outstanding Performer’ at the 1980 Tokyo Music Festival.
Her follow-up solo efforts included “One Day I’ll Fly Away” (1980); “You Might Need Somebody” (1981); and “Rainy Night in Georgia” (1981); which all became soul standards. The album, Secret Combination (1981) stayed on the UK Albums Chart for sixty weeks, after which her profile dipped, despite a return to the UK Top Ten with “Almaz” in 1986. She continued to record for Warner Bros through the 1990s, but was unable to score either a big R&B hit or major crossover success.
Naked And True (1995) brought Crawford back to her roots: it included George Benson’s “Give Me the Night”, and confirmed her soul heritage by featuring Funkadelicists Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and the Fred Wesley Horns. She enjoyed her highest profile of the decade when rising starlet, Shola Ama, had a worldwide hit with her 1997 cover of “You Might Need Somebody”.
Crawford recorded a live session with Joe Sample on July 24, 2007, at Abbey Road Studios for Live from Abbey Road. The episode she shared with David Gilmour and Amos Lee was screened on the Sundance Channel in the US and Channel 4 in the UK.
She has sung with Bootsy Collins, Johnny Bristol, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Rick Springfield, Steve Hackett, and Joe Sample amongst others.
1 You Might Need Somebody (Nan O’Byrne, Tom Snow) 4:21
2 Rainy Night in Georgia (Tony Joe White) 4:23
3 That’s How Heartaches Are Made (Ben Raleigh, Bob Halley) 2:58
4 Two Lives (Mark Jordan) 3:49
5 You Bring the Sun Out (Jessy Dixon, Tom Snow) 3:25
6 Rio de Janeiro Blue (John Haeny, Richard Torrance) 4:19
7 Secret Combination (Franne Golde, Tom Snow) 3:25
8 When I Lose My Way (Turley Richards) 3:45
9 Time for Love (Leon Russell) 4:17
10 Trade Winds (Ralph MacDonald, William Salter) 4:56
|Bass||Abraham Laboriel Sr|
|Background Vocals||Phyllis St. James|
|Background Vocals||Marti McCall|
|Background Vocals||Petsye Powell|
|Background Vocals||Alphanetts Silas|
4 Two Lives Guitar
6 Rio de Janeiro Blue
Producer – Tommy LiPuma
Arranged By (Rhythms Arrangements) – Leon Pendarvis
Arranged By (Strings) – Nick DeCaro (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10)
Contractor (Contracting By) – Frank DeCaro
Coordinator (Production) – Noel Newbolt
Engineer (Assistant) – Don Henderson, Stewart Whitmore
Mastered By – Mike Reese
Recorded By, Mixed By – Al Schmitt
Remastered By – Lee Herschberg
Art Direction – Richard Seireeni
Artwork (Lettering) – Bob Maile
Photography By – Phillip Dixon
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Recorded At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
Mixed At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
Recorded At – Capitol Studios
Mixed At – Capitol Studios
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab