Randy Crawford

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Randy Crawford
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Background information
Birth name Veronica Crawford
Born (1952-02-18) February 18, 1952 (age 62)
Macon, Georgia, United States
Genres Jazz, R&B, disco, Smooth Jazz
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1972–present
Labels Columbia (1972-1975)
Warner Bros. (1976-1994)
MCA (1979)
WEA (1995-2000)
PRA (2006-present)
Associated acts The Crusaders

Veronica "Randy" Crawford (born February 18, 1952, Macon, Georgia)[1] is an American jazz and R&B singer. She has been more successful in Europe than in the United States, where she has not entered the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist.[1] She has had multiple top five hits in the UK, including her 1980 number 2 hit, "One Day I'll Fly Away".

Career[edit]

Crawford first performed at club gigs from Cincinnati to Saint-Tropez, but made her name in mid 1970s in New York, where she sang with jazzmen George Benson and Cannonball Adderley.[2] She signed with Columbia Records and released her first single, "Knock On Wood" / "If You Say the Word" in 1972.[3][4] Adderley invited her to sing on his album, Big Man (1975).[5] During a brief tenure at Columbia Records, Crawford recorded "Don't Get Caught in Love's Triangle".[5]

In 1978, Crawford performed on the second solo album of former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. She sang vocals on "Hoping Love Will Last", the opening song on side two of Please Don't Touch.[6]

She led R&B veterans the Crusaders on the transatlantic hit "Street Life" (1979).[2] It was featured in the soundtrack for the films Sharky's Machine and Jackie Brown,[5] and appeared in commercials in the early 2000s. She later recorded for Warner Bros. Records. Crawford was named the 'Most Outstanding Performer' at the 1980 Tokyo Music Festival.[5]

Her follow-up solo efforts included "One Day I'll Fly Away" (1980); "You Might Need Somebody" (1981); and "Rainy Night in Georgia" (1981); which all became soul standards. The album, Secret Combination (1981) stayed on the UK Albums Chart for sixty weeks, after which her profile dipped, despite a return to the UK Top Ten with "Almaz" in 1986.[2] She continued to record for Warner Bros through the 1990s, but was unable to score either a big R&B hit or major crossover success.[5]

Naked And True (1995) brought Crawford back to her roots: it included George Benson's "Give Me the Night", and confirmed her soul heritage by featuring Funkadelicists Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and the Fred Wesley Horns.[2] She enjoyed her highest profile of the decade when rising starlet, Shola Ama, had a worldwide hit with her 1997 cover of "You Might Need Somebody".[2]

Crawford recorded a live session with Joe Sample on July 24, 2007, at Abbey Road Studios for Live from Abbey Road. The episode she shared with David Gilmour and Amos Lee was screened on the Sundance Channel in the US and Channel 4 in the UK.

She has sung with Bootsy Collins, Johnny Bristol, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Rick Springfield, Steve Hackett, and Joe Sample amongst others.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions[7][8][9] Certifications[10]
US US
R&B
US
Jazz
UK
1976 Everything Must Change
1977 Miss Randy Crawford
  • Released: 1977
  • Label: Warner Bros.
1979 Raw Silk
  • Released: 1979
  • Label: Warner Bros.
63 35
1980 Now We May Begin
  • Released: 1980
  • Label: Warner Bros.
180 30 14 10
1981 Secret Combination
  • Released: 1981
  • Label: Warner Bros.
71 12 9 2
1982 Windsong
  • Released: 1982
  • Label: Warner Bros.
148 24 16 7
1983 Nightline
  • Released: 1983
  • Label: Warner Bros.
164 41 24 37
1986 Abstract Emotions
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Warner Bros.
178 53 14
1989 Rich and Poor
  • Released: September 25, 1989
  • Label: Warner Bros.
159 19 4 [A] 63
1992 Through the Eyes of Love
  • Released: March 31, 1992
  • Label: Warner Bros.
49 8 [A]
1993 Don't Say It's Over
  • Released: October 26, 1993
  • Label: Warner Bros.
1995 Naked And True
  • Released: November 7, 1995
  • Label: WEA, Bluemoon
40 3 [A]
1998 Every Kind of Mood: Randy, Randi, Randee
  • Released: January 20, 1998
  • Label: WEA, Bluemoon / Atlantic
70 2 [A]
2001 Play Mode(aka Permanent)
  • Released: January 20, 1998
  • Label: WEA, Warner Bros.
9 [A]
2006 Feeling Good (with Joe Sample)
  • Released: August 14, 2006
  • Label: PRA, EmArcy (Europe)
77 3
2008 No Regrets (with Joe Sample)
  • Released: October 6, 2008
  • Label: PRA, EmArcy (Europe)
8
2012 Live (with Joe Sample)
  • Released: April 9, 2012
  • Label: PRA, EmArcy (Europe)
26
Notes

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Competition (1980, soundtrack, Oscar nominated theme song "People Alone")
  • Sharky's Machine (1981 soundtrack, new version of "Street Life")
  • Greatest Hits (1984)
  • Wildcats (1986 soundtrack, song "Don't Wanna Be Normal")
  • Love Songs (1987)
  • The Very Best of Randy Crawford (1993)
  • Best of Randy Crawford (1996)
  • Jackie Brown (1997, soundtrack, "Street Life" – Sharky's Machine newer version)
  • Best of Randy Crawford and Friends (2000)
  • Love Songs: The Very Best of Randy Crawford (2000)
  • Hits (2002)
  • The Ultimate Collection (2005)
  • Pop-Jazz Volume One (2006)
  • The Best of Randy Crawford (2011)

Singles[edit]

Most of the following singles charted in various countries.

Year Song title US R&B[11] UK Singles Chart[1] NL Top 40 SE Top 20 Album
1979 "Street Life" – with the Crusaders 17, 36 Pop 5 13 8 Street Life
1980 "Same Old Story (Same Old Song)" 34 - 23 - Now We May Begin
"Last Night at Danceland" 68 61 - -
"One Day I'll Fly Away" - 2 1 -
1981 "People Alone" (Love Theme from The Competition) - - 25 - The Competition
"When I Lose My Way" 58 - - - Secret Combination
"You Might Need Somebody" - 11 - -
"Rainy Night in Georgia" - 18 17 -
"Secret Combination" 70 48 - -
1982 "Imagine" (Live) – with the Yellowjackets 69,108 BUB UNDER 60 - 15 Casino Lights
"One Hello" 50,110 BUB UNDER 48 35 - Windsong
"Look Who's Lonely Now" 68 - - -
"Your Precious Love" (Live) – with Al Jarreau 16,102 BUB UNDER - - - Casino Lights
"Give Peace a Chance" (Live) - - - 6 Windsong
1983 "He Reminds Me" - 65 - -
"Nightline" 91 51 19 15 Nightline
1984 "Taxi Dancing" – with Rick Springfield 58 POP, 16 A/C - - -
1986 "Can't Stand the Pain" 58 - - - Abstract Emotions
"Desire" 90 - - -
"Almaz" - 4 - -
1989 "Knocking on Heaven's Door" – featuring Eric Clapton and David Sanborn 4 77 10 - Rich and Poor
1990 "Wrap-U-Up" 15 - - -
"I Don't Feel Much Like Crying" 16 - - -
"Cigarette in the Rain" 38 - - -
1992 "Diamante" (with Zucchero) - 44 - - Through the Eyes of Love
"Who's Crying Now" – featuring Joe Sample 30 - - -
"A Lot That You Can Do" 74 - - -
1995 "Forget Me Nots" - - - -
1996 "Give Me the Night" 47 60 - - Naked and True
"Cajun Moon" 65 - - -
1998 "Bye Bye" - - - - Every Kind of Mood: Randy, Randi, Randee
"Silence" 76 - - -
"Wishing on a Star" - - - -

Guest appearances[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 125. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (1998). Guinness Rockopedia (1st ed.). London: Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 100. ISBN 0-85112-072-5. 
  3. ^ Billboard Magazine, Issue 84. Billboard. 1972-10-14. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  4. ^ "Biography for Randy Crawford (I)". IMDb. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Biography by Ron Wynn". Allmusic.com. Retrieved September 8, 2009. 
  6. ^ Collins, Phil; Banks, Tony; Gabriel, Peter; Mike Rutheford, Steve Hackett (2007). Genesis: Chapter and Verse. Macmillan. p. 186. ISBN 0312379560. 
  7. ^ "Randy Crawford US chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  8. ^ "Randy Crawford US chart history". billboard.com. Retrieved 2010-03-05-20. 
  9. ^ "UK Charts > Randy Crawford". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  10. ^ "US Certifications > Randy Crawford". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  11. ^ "Allmusic ((( Randy Crawford > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". 

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