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Randall Stuart Newman, 28 November 1943, Los Angeles, California, USA. One of the great middle-American songwriters, Newman is William Faulkner, Garrison Keillor, Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell rolled into one and set to music. Newmans songs are uncompromising and humorous but are often misconceived as being cruel and trite.
Educated at the University of California, Newmans early compositions were recorded by other people - he was paid $50 a month as a staff songwriter for Liberty Records housed in the famous Brill Building in New York. Early hit songs included Nobody Needs Your Love and Just One Smile by Gene Pitney, I Dont Want To Hear It Anymore recorded by Dusty Springfield and P.J. Proby, I Think Its Going To Rain Today, by Judy Collins, UB40 and again by Springfield, as was the superb Ive Been Wrong Before which was also a hit for Cilla Black....