Austin City Limits: Randy Newman

Jun 25, 2012

With songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores, Randy Newman has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences. This special solo performance is his Austin City Limits debut.

After starting his songwriting career as a teenager, Newman launched into recording as a singer and pianist in 1968 with his self-title al­bum Randy Newman. Throughout the ‘70s he released several other acclaimed albums such as: 12 Songs, Sail Away, and Good Old Boys. In addition to his solo recordings and regular international touring, Newman began composing and scoring for films in the ‘80s. The list of movies he has worked on since then includes The Natural, Awakenings, Ragtime, all three Toy Story pictures, Seabiscuit, James and the Giant Peach, and A Bug’s Life. With six Grammys, three Emmys, and one Academy Award already on his shelf, he added his second Oscar in 2011 for Best Original Song for Toy Story 3.

Airs Saturday, at 8pm on Channel 5.

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