Wendy Waldman

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Wendy Waldman
Birth name Wendy Steiner
Born (1950-11-29) November 29, 1950 (age 67)
Los Angeles, California
Genres Rock music, country music, pop music
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1970–present
Labels Warner Bros., Epic, Cypress
Associated acts Bryndle, The Refugees, Linda Ronstadt
Website wendywaldman.com

Wendy Waldman (born November 29, 1950) is an American singer-songwriter, primarily known for her songwriting and record production. As a songwriter, Waldman's songs have been interpreted by other artists, such as "Save the Best for Last" by Vanessa Williams, and "Fishin' in the Dark" by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.


Early life[edit]

Waldman (born Wendy Steiner) grew up in the Los Angeles area. She was raised in a musical environment: her father Fred Steiner was a composer who wrote the theme music for Perry Mason and The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Her mother was a professional violinist.[1] In 1969 she married her first husband Ken Waldman, and changed her name to Wendy Waldman.


Waldman's first recordings were made in 1970 as a part of Bryndle. Other group members included Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold, and Kenny Edwards. When the group disbanded, she signed with Warner Bros. Records.[1]


In 1973, she released her first album Love Has Got Me[2], and Rolling Stone named her "singer-songwriter debut of the year."[3] Also in 1973, Maria Muldaur covered two songs written by Waldman on her self-titled first album.[4]

She followed her debut album with Gypsy Symphony in 1974[5], Wendy Waldman in 1975[6], and Strange Company in 1978.[7]

In 1982, Waldman released Which Way to Main Street, which featured Peter Frampton on guitar.[8]


Waldman left the Warner Bros. label in 1979. In 1982 she moved to Nashville to focus on songwriting.[3]

The songwriting team of Waldman, Phil Galdston, and Jon Lind wrote "Save the Best for Last" for Vanessa Williams, which was nominated for a Grammy.[9] They have also written songs made popular by artists such as Madonna, Celine Dion, and Earth, Wind & Fire.[10]

The song "Fishin' in the Dark" was written by Waldman and Jim Photoglo. It was a hit in 1987 for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and has also been covered by Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney.[11]


Waldman has been one of only a few women who produce records in a male-dominated profession.[12]

The Refugees[edit]

In 2007, Waldman formed The Refugees with Cidny Bullens and Deborah Holland.[13]


Studio recordings[edit]

  • 1973: Love Has Got Me (Warner Bros.)
  • 1974: Gypsy Symphony (Warner Bros.)
  • 1975: Wendy Waldman (Warner Bros.)
  • 1976: The Main Refrain (Warner Bros.)
  • 1978: Strange Company (Warner Bros.)
  • 1982: Which Way To Main Street (Epic)
  • 1987: Letters Home (Cypress)
  • 1997: Environments 16 - City Of Dreams (FirstCom)
  • 2007: My Time In The Desert (Longhouse)


  • 1996: Love Is The Only Goal: The Best Of Wendy Waldman (Warner Archives)
  • 2003: Seeds and Orphans (Longhouse)


  • 1975: "Western Lullaby" / "Green Rocky Road" (Warner Bros.)
  • 1976: "Living Is Good" / "The Main Refrain" (Warner Bros.)
  • 1978: "Long Hot Summer Nights" / "You'll See" (Warner Bros.)
  • 1982: "Does Anybody Want To Marry Me" (Epic)
  • 1982: "Heartbeat" (Epic)
  • 1987: "Living In Hard Times" (Cypress)

As a member of Bryndle[edit]

As a member of the Refugees[edit]

As composer[edit]

1973 - 1981[edit]

1982 - present[edit]

As producer[edit]

Also appears on[edit]

1973 - 1979[edit]

1980 - present[edit]


  1. ^ a b Charles Donovan. "Wendy Waldman". Billboard. Retrieved June 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ Edwards, Gavin (July 16, 2015). "10 Singer-Songwriter Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the 1970s You've Never Heard". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Cleaveland, Carol (October 2, 1987). "Singer-songwriter Wendy Waldman Is Rocking The Record Industry Boat". The Morning Call. Retrieved June 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Wendy Waldman". Songs etc. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Gypsy Symphony". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  6. ^ Charles Donovan. "Wendy Waldman". allmusic.com. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Strange Company". musicbrainz.org. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  8. ^ staff writer (May 17, 1982). "Picks and Pans Review: Which Way to Main Street". People. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Wendy Waldman". The Recording Academy. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  10. ^ Kawashima, Dale. "Phil Galdston, Wendy Waldman & Jon Lind: Writing The Classic Hit, "Save The Best For Last"". Songwriter Universe. Retrieved June 4, 2017. 
  11. ^ Paulson, Dave (March 3, 2015). "Story Behind the Song: 'Fishin' in the Dark'". The Tennessean. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  12. ^ Haruch, Steve (June 3, 2010). "Women account for less than 5 percent of producers and engineers — but maybe not for long". Nashville Scene. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  13. ^ "The Refugees On Mountain Stage". Mountain Stage. Retrieved June 4, 2017. 

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