Randy Vanwarmer Biography

Randall VanWormer, 30 March 1955, Indian Hills, Colorado, USA, d. 12 January 2004, Seattle, Washington, USA. VanWarmer is best remembered for his 1979 US Top 5/UK Top 10 single ‘Just When I Needed You Most’. VanWarmer and his mother moved to Looe, Cornwall, England when Randy was 12, following the death of his father in an automobile accident. He began singing and making demo tapes and in 1979 moved back to the USA, settling in Woodstock, New York. He signed with Bearsville Records, based in Woodstock, and recorded his own composition, ‘Just When I Needed You Most’, that same year. The easy-listening hit was followed by two more minor chart singles and a low-charting album, Warmer, also in 1979.

VanWarmer never returned to the pop scene but enjoyed songwriting success on the country charts, most notably in 1984 when the Oak Ridge Boys took ‘I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes’ to number 1. The song was sung at Ernest Tubb’s funeral later in the year. In 1988, VanWarmer made the country charts in his own right with two singles, ‘I Will Hold You’ and ‘Where The Rocky Mountains Touch The Morning Sun’, on 16th Avenue Records. He also recorded an album for that company, but I Am was not a success. In 1992, Alabama took another of VanWarmer’s songs (‘I’m In A Hurry (And I Don’t Know Why)’ to the top of the country charts. His songs also featured on albums by Dolly Parton, Billy Joe Royal and Kenny Rogers, and he remained an in-demand songwriter for country acts. VanWarmer succumbed to leukaemia in January 2004.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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