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Just When I Needed You Most

by Randy VanWarmer

Released 2011
Foghat Records
Released 2011
Foghat Records
We sadly lost Randy in 2004, but his music lives on. This 19 track CD pays tribute to this great artist. " If all you've ever heard is his biggest hit "Just When I Needed You Most", you've only scratched the surface of what an amazing singer he was."
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BIOGRAPHY
Randy VanWarmer exploded onto the music scene in 1979 with his hit song "Just When I Needed You Most." Released on the Bearsville label, it peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and crossed over to the country charts. Written when he was 18, it became an international success, and has become a classic and enduring presence to this day. Randy went on to write such #1 hits as the Oak Ridge Boys "I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes," Alabama's "I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)" and Michael Johnson's "I Will Whisper Your Name." Over the years, artists across multiple genres, such as Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, Conway Twitty, Kenny Rogers, Charley Pride, Laura Branigan and Billie Joe Royal, have benefited from Randy’s songwriting talent.

We sadly lost Randy in 2004, and 6 years later, several 'rehearsal' tracks were discovered in his studio, which are presented here on this CD entitled “Just When I Needed You Most”. These 'work tapes' were used to prepare for live shows and were mostly recorded in his studio. But the beauty and the clarity of his angelic voice and music needed to be shared. Add to this the 10 tracks from the CD “The Vital Spark” which was never released in the U.S., and contains the #1 hit song “I'm In a Hurry (And Don't Know Why) and this CD offers the listener 19 of Randy's most memorable songs.

Born in Colorado in 1955, Randy loved Sci-Fi movies and Star Trek, and dreamed of becoming an astronaut. But at the age of 12 his father died in a car crash and his mother decided to relocate her four sons to Looe, in Cornwall, England. He became a fixture at local café's and began to write songs, among them the future smash hit that would make his name. He recalled the dark and rainy winters in Looe, saying “it's not hard to write a really sad song in the winter in Cornwall…I would write 5 or 6 songs & take them 250 miles to London (by train) knocking on publishers' doors.” Eventually a publisher named Ian Kimmet, liked what he heard and signed him to legendary manager and record mogul, Albert Grossman of Bearsville Records. He moved back to the U.S. in 1978 & settled in Bearsville, NY, the home of his new label.
Grossman's plan was to release a VanWarmer single called, "Gotta Get Out of Here," a mildly catchy pop tune. The B-side was a little song called "Just When I Needed You Most." Somewhere, a DJ decided to play the flip side instead, and it slowly rose to the Top 10 in a market saturated with disco. He recorded 4 albums for Bearsville-Warner Brothers Records between 1979 and 1984.

In 1982 Randy moved to Los Angeles, and his wife, Suzi Blosser (a former record executive for ABC Records and Warner Brothers) sent one of his songs to a friend in Nashville. When the Oak Ridge Boys took his "I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes” to the top of the country charts in 1984 he moved to Nashville becoming a well respected member of the city's music community. This was the perfect environment for his talent and he was a much sought after songwriting partner and friend. Randy continued recording and releasing albums on 16th Avenue Records in the U.S. and JVC Victor in Japan, interspersing recording with live appearances in the U.S., the UK and Japan.

His final project was one that he was very excited about. He recorded new arrangements of the Stephen Foster classics, and planned to have some 'friends' come and add their tracks. But in January of 2003 Randy was diagnosed with Leukemia. He fought for a year with unwavering hope and determination and never complained. He was more concerned about Suzi than himself and always maintained that beautiful, childlike joy and wonder. He marveled at the strides that the medical community was making and was excited and positive about his upcoming stem-cell transplant. This vital spark of life is what drove Randy, and helped those around him cope with the tragedy of his illness. What a lesson he taught us all. Randy sadly passed away on January 12, 2004 at the age of 48 and left behind a beautiful legacy of music and friendship and love. His Stephen Foster album was released posthumously in Japan and recently in the U.S.

Now...back to that dream of becoming an astronaut…

The cover of one of Randy's albums, called “TERRAFORM,” features a picture of him in an Apollo 11 spacesuit. Among the songs on this album was one that he wrote called “I'm Gonna Build Me a Rocket.” Always fascinated with space exploration, he collected lots of space paraphernalia and his childlike enthusiasm never gave out. That was one of the beautiful things about Randy! He really never stopped thinking about his original dream of becoming an astronaut. So, as a final gift, Suzi fulfilled his dream! She learned about Memorial Spaceflights where cremated remains of loved ones could be launched into space. On April 28, 2007 Randy took a trip on the rocket Celestis 05, The Legacy Flight at Spaceport America in New Mexico. And along with him, ironically, was 'Scotty' James Doohan from Star Trek, and a real Mercury astronaut L. Gordon Cooper. How cool!

LINER NOTES BY ROGER EARL OF FOGHAT - RANDY VANWARMER - THE ‘BEST FRIEND’

“Although Randy and I were on the same record label in the 70's, we had never met. It wasn't until 1998 that my good friend, and now wife, Linda introduced me to two of her closest friends, Randy and Suzi VanWarmer. After a few days at their home in Nashville it was as if we had always known each other.

Over a few glasses of wine, Randy and I realized that we had almost identical experiences with Albert Grossman, who signed both Randy and my band Foghat to his Bearsville Label. The parallels were amazing.

I feel so honored that I had the opportunity to know this incredible human being. He was a beautiful man. You felt good talking to him. He was gentle, insightful and very funny. A great sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye along with that beautiful singing voice. And what a laugh!

We spent time in his studio listening to music and talking about doing something together. Sadly , before we got the chance, Randy was diagnosed with Leukemia and succumbed to the illness on January 12, 2004. His positive outlook and courage during his battle was inspirational.
He never stopped thinking of others and especially of his wife and best friend Suzi, whom he treasured (and rightfully so).

It was a sad day when we lost Randy. But his music lives on. This recording not only has tracks from a little known release called “The Vital Spark” but also some recently discovered and never before released versions of some of his greatest songs, most of which were recorded in is home studio. Very cool.

Randy had a way of looking right into your eyes , that made you feel important. He listened! Yet another of his gifts. After his passing there was a memorial service at the Ryman Auditorium and later a three day celebration of his life at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, where Randy often performed. So many friends got up to speak. It became a 'theme' of the celebration that everyone who stood at the mic to talk prefaced their speech with 'Randy VanWarmer was my best friend'.

He made everyone feel that way. It made us smile. Thank you Randy.” Your friend - Roger Earl

Blurbs from his fellow Songwriter Friends:

"Randy's gentle and generous spirit still reaches out to comfort and encourage us through the songs
he sings - only as he could have, and the songs he wrote - only as he would have." ROGER MURRAH

“I was a fan of Randy Vanwarmer's music before we'd ever met. Once we did, I knew exactly why I loved his songs so much. His honesty, which was the hallmark of his personality, infused every thing he wrote. And that voice! If all you've ever heard is his biggest hit "Just When I Needed You Most", you've only scratched the surface of what an amazing singer he was. He was a true original who created from such a soulful place. Whenever I need to be reminded what it means to write from the heart, I put on Randy's music. All the inspiration I need is right there in his songs.” PAT TERRY

“The first time I met Randy VanWarmer, I knew he was one of a kind. His voice was truly unique, and his songwriting and artistry lit up the radio in every format. He was one of my closest friends. He impacted my life personally, and creatively, and I miss him terribly. But, when I hear his music, I'm comforted because that part of him...that incredible gift he gave us in his songs, lives on and on and on. “ - NEAL COTY

“Over the years I have had the privilege of working with a number of very talented artists and writers. And without a doubt Randy VanWarmer ranks among the most gifted and creative of this group. For me personally, however, the thing that truly set Randy apart was not his artistic ability, profound as it was. It was Randy himself. The gentle grace that so filled his music, also permeated his life.” - PARKER MCGEE

"Obviously Randy was a talented and prolific songwriter. As far as The Oak Ridge Boys shows and recording career is concerned ... remove RVW songs and it leaves a huge hole... From “It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes” to “Bridges and Walls” on through a “Simple Christmas Song”, Randy's songs have become part of our lives. But more than that.. he was a good man, a tender man..a dear friend...we miss him every day!!- JOE BONSALL/OAK RIDGE BOYS

CREDITS:

COVER ART AND ANTHONY’S SONG
“In 1990, I introduced my good friend, Anthony Masi, to Randy and Suzi and of course he became a 'best friend'. When Randy wrote 'Vital Spark, Anthony was so excited. By this time he had become very ill and was bedridden but always positive and hopeful. He created the drawing that we used as cover art with color markers. During this period, Randy wrote 'Anthony's Song' and he surprised Anthony by singing it to him at his bedside two weeks before he passed away in 1996. It was an incredibly touching moment that is etched in my heart. I am so honored to have known them both.” Linda Earl

THE VITAL SPARK TRACKS
Randy VanWarmer-Vocals
Mick Ronson & Shane Fontayne-Guitar
Bobby Hamilton-Keyboards / Leigh Foxx-Bass
David Beebe-Drums /Bobby Strickland-Flute & Oboe
Produced by Randy Van Warmer & Bobby Hamilton
Engineered by George Cowan / Executive producer: Ian Kimmet
Recorded & mixed at Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, NY 1995

ADDITIONAL TRACKS
All instruments and vocals by Randy VanWarmer
Recorded at Warmer Studios - Brentwood, Tennessee
“Anthony’s Song” - Edited by Bryan Bassett
“Just When I Needed You Most” recorded at Terra Nova Studio,
Arrington, TN & produced by Randy VanWarmer & Parker McGee
“The Vital Spark” remastered and new releases mastered by Bryan Bassett

Cover Art - Anthony Masi / Design & Layout - Linda Arcello-Earl
Photos - Suzi VanWarmer & Linda Arcello-Ear

Thank you from Suzi VanWarmer

“I want to thank my long-time friend, Linda Earl, who was the mastermind behind this project and who Randy loved dearly... and my other Earl friend, Roger - who supported her throughout the project.. And to Bryan, who made this CD sound as good as it does...thank you! I know Randy would want to thank Ian, Roger, Neal, Pat, Parker, Bobby , Shane and all of his songwriting buddies over the years. He cared so much for all of you! And you all know how happy he would be to have these songs released. But most of all…
My love and thanks to you, Randy, for such a beautiful life.”
Love Suzi

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Last summer we recorded our live show at The Belly Up in beautiful Solana Beach, California and it is now available for download on their website: http://bellyuplive.com/shows/foghat/545/ ! Check it out...

"Recorded on August 11, 2016, Live at The Belly Up opens with the one-two punch of “Fool For The City” and “Eight Days on the Road” and doesn’t let up until the last note of the raucous 10 minute, no-holds-barred set closer “Slow Ride.” The album also features three tracks from Foghat’s 2016 release Under The Influence making their live recording debut: “Under The Influence,” “Knock It Off,” and “Hot Mama.”

Track Listing
1. Fool For The City / Eight Days On The Road (Live)
2. Under The Influence (Live)
3. Stone Blue (Live)
4. Drivin' Wheel (Live)
5. Knock it Off (Live)
6. Terraplane Blues (Live)
7. Hot Mama (Live)
8. California Blues (Live)
9. I Just Wanna Make Love To You (Live)
10. Slow Ride (Live)

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