1968 Randy Newman – Randy Newman

Randy Newman is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Randy Newman, released in 1968 by Reprise Records. The album is sometimes referred to as Randy Newman Creates Something New Under the Sun, written on the reverse of the album sleeve. Newman had been a noted songwriter for some years prior to the release of his debut, which was advertised as sounding “like a greatest hits”. In contrast to his later albums which usually feature Newman and his piano with a rock backing, Randy Newman is highly orchestral.

Randy Newman was not a commercial success. It never dented the Billboard Top 200 ; indeed, according to Ken Tucker, the album sold so poorly that Warner offered buyers the opportunity to trade the album for another in the company’s catalog. The album was out of print for over 15 years until it was issued on CD in 1995, remastered by Lee Herschberg. Randy Newman has received critical attention in recent years.


1  Love Story (Randy Newman) 03:22
2  Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad (Randy Newman) 02:06
3  Living Without You (Randy Newman) 02:23
4  So Long Dad (Randy Newman) 02:14
5  I Think He’s Hiding (Randy Newman) 03:07
6  Linda (Randy Newman) 02:29
7  Laughing Boy (Randy Newman) 02:00
8  Cowboy (Randy Newman) 02:41
9  The Beehive State (Randy Newman) 01:52
10  I Think It’s Going To Rain Today (Randy Newman) 02:57
11  Davy The Fat Boy (Randy Newman) 02:47


BassCarol Kaye
BassLyle Ritz
BassLarry Knechtel
BassDon Bagley
DrumsJim Gordon
DrumsNorm Jeffries
GuitarHerb Ellis
GuitarLarry Knechtel
GuitarAl Casey
GuitarMike Deasy
GuitarRon Elliott
GuitarJames Burton
GuitarFrank Decaro
GuitarJoe Gibbons
GuitarDon Lanier
GuitarLouis Morell
GuitarTommy Tedesco
GuitarSal Valentino
KeyboardsLarry Knechtel
OrganGene Garf
PianoRandy Newman
PianoMike Lang
PianoNick DeCaro
PianoGene Garf
PianoJimmy Rowles
AccordionNick DeCaro
AccordionCarl Fortina
HarmonicaTommy Morgan
HarmonicaGary Levant
French HornJames Decker
French HornDavid Duke
French HornRichard Perissi
French HornWilliam Hinshaw
SaxJim Horn
SaxPlas Johnson
SaxTed Nash
SaxGene Cipriano
SaxWilliam Green
SaxJay Migliori
SaxSidney Miller
SaxBill Perkins
SaxWilbur Schwartz
SaxTom Scott
SaxGordon Pope
TromboneMilt Bernart
TromboneDick Hyde
TromboneLew McCreary
TromboneBobby Knight
TrumpetTony Terran
TrumpetOllie Mitchell
PercussionGary Coleman
PercussionHubert Anderson
Background VocalsSal Valentino
VocalsRandy Newman


Cello – Ray Kelley, Harold Bemko, Frederick Seykora, Armand Karpoff, Victor Sazer, Jesse Emrlich, David Filerman, Joseph Tullio
Harp – Elizabeth Ershoff
Viola – Samuel Boghossian, Louis Kievman, Leonard Selic, Joseph Difiore, Harold Ayties, Jan Hlinka
Violin – Sidney Sharp, Israel Baker, Arnold Belnick, Harry Bluestone, James Getzoff, William Kurash, Leonard Malarsky, Jerome Reisler, Ralph Schaeffer, Tibor Zelig, William Weiss

Liner Notes

Producer – Lenny Waronker, Van Dyke Parks
Arranged By – Randy Newman
Engineer – Lee Herschberg, Tommy LiPuma
Mastered By – Lee Herschberg

Art Direction – Ed Thrasher
Photography – Guy Webster

Mastered At Customatrix
Phonographic Copyright Warner Bros Records Inc