By Scott Feemster
The career of singer, songwriter, arranger, composer and pianist Randy Newman has been a long and strange one, veering from brushes with fame to critically acclaimed albums that failed to connect with the general public, and all stops in between. He has also, over the years, built up an impressive resume of composing music and songs for Hollywood films. Newman has grown into a position as being one of America's most respected songwriters, and his penchant for dark humor and irony are as much a trademark as his New Orleans-influenced piano style and his unique vocal delivery.
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