|Birth name||Wendy Steiner|
November 29, 1950 |
Los Angeles, California
|Genres||Rock music, country music, pop music|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Labels||Warner Bros., Epic, Cypress|
|Associated acts||Bryndle, The Refugees, Linda Ronstadt|
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.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Discography
- 3 References
- 4 External links
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. 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.
In 1973, she released her first album Love Has Got Me, and Rolling Stone named her "singer-songwriter debut of the year." Also in 1973, Maria Muldaur covered two songs written by Waldman on her self-titled first album.
Waldman left the Warner Bros. label in 1979. In 1982 she moved to Nashville to focus on songwriting.
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. They have also written songs made popular by artists such as Madonna, Celine Dion, and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Waldman has been one of only a few women who produce records in a male-dominated profession.
- 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 the Refugees
- 2009: Unbound (Wabuho)
- 2012: Three (2011 album) (Wabuho)
1973 - 1981
- 1973: Maria Muldaur - Maria Muldaur (Reprise) - track 10, "Vaudeville Man"; track 11, "Mad Mad Me"
- 1974: El Chicano - Cinco (MCA) - track 7, "Gringo En Mexico"
- 1974: Maria Muldaur - Waitress in a Donut Shop (Reprise) - track 2, "Gringo En Mexico"
- 1975: Judy Collins - Judith (Elektra) - track 11, "Pirate Ships"
- 1976: Barbi Benton - Something New (Playboy) - track 11, "Thinking Of You"
- 1976: Maria Muldaur - Sweet Harmony (Reprise) - track 7, "Back by Fall"; track 9, "Wild Bird"
- 1976: Twiggy - Twiggy (Mercury) - track 8, "Vaudeville Man"
- 1980: Randy Meisner - One More Song (Epic) - track 2, "Gotta Get Away"; track 3, "Come on Back to Me"; track 5, "I Need You Bad"; track 7, "Trouble Ahead" (all songs co-written with Eric Kaz and Randy Meisner)
- 1981: Kim Carnes - Mistaken Identity (EMI America) - track 6, "Break The Rules Tonite (Out Of School)" (co-written with Dave Ellingson and Kim Carnes); track 7, "Still Hold On" (co-written with Dave Ellingson, Eric Kaz, and Kim Carnes)
- 1981: Albert Hammond - Your World And My World (Columbia) - track 8, "Take Me Sailing"
- 1981: Patti Austin - Every Home Should Have One (Qwest) - track 3, "The Way I Feel" (co-written with Eric Kaz)
1982 - present
- 1982: Crystal Gayle - True Love (Elektra) - track 4, "Baby What About You" (co-written with Josh Leo)
- 1982: Johnny Van Zant - The Last Of The Wild Ones (Polydor) - track 4, "Still Hold On" (co-written with Dave Ellingson, Eric Kaz, and Kim Carnes)
- 1985: Kenny Rogers - Love Is What We Make It (Liberty) - track 3, "Still Hold On" (co-written with Dave Ellingson, Eric Kaz, and Kim Carnes)
- 1985: Steve Wariner - Life's Highway (MCA) - track 5, "In Love And Out Of Danger" (co-written with Craig Bickhardt)
- 1986: The Kendalls - Fire At First Sight (MCA) - track 4, "I'll Take You (Heartache And All)" (co-written with Donnie Lowery)
- 1986: Reba McEntire - Whoever's in New England (MCA) - track 1, "Can't Stop Now" (co-written with Gary Nicholson)
- 1987: Don Johnson - Heartbeat (Epic) - track 1, "Heartbeat" (co-written with Eric Kaz)
- 1987: Jesse Colin Young - The Highway Is For Heroes (Cypress) - track 1, "The Highway Is For Heroes" (co-written with Jesse Colin Young)
- 1988: Bette Midler - Beaches (Original Soundtrack Recording) (Atlantic) - track 9, "Oh Industry" (co-written with Bette Midler)
- 1988: Highway 101 - 101² (Warner Bros.) - track 2, "Road To Your Heart" (co-written with Jim Photoglo and Josh Leo)
- 1988: Tuck & Patti - Tears Of Joy (Windham Hill Jazz) - track 9, "Mad Mad Me"
- 1991: Cher - Love Hurts (Geffen) - track 7, "One Small Step" (co-written with Barry Mann and Brad Parker)
- 1993: The Hooters - Out Of Body (MCA) - track 4, "Great Big American Car" (co-written with Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman)
- 2001: Alison Krauss & Union Station - New Favorite (Rounder) - track 7, "I'm Gone" (co-written with Eric Kaz)
- 2008: Sonny Landreth - From the Reach (Landfall) - track 7, "The Goin' On" (co-written with Sonny Landreth)
- 2009: Nicole Dillenberg - The Heart of the Matter (self-released) - track 4, "Over You"
- 2010: Cindy Bullens - Howling Trains and Barking Dogs (MCD Records) - track 5, "All My Angels" (co-written with Cindy Bullens)
- 2010: John Cowan - The Massenburg Sessions (e1) - track 1, "My Time in the Desert/Maggie Little" (co-written with Sally Barris and Shad Cobb)
- 2015: Home Free - Country Evolution (Columbia) - track 8, "Fishing in the Dark (co-written with Jim Photoglo)
- 1988: The Forester Sisters - Sincerely (Warner Bros.)
- 1988: Suzy Bogguss - Somewhere Between (Capitol)
- 1989: Jonathan Edwards - Natural Thing (MCA / Curb)
- 1989: New Grass Revival - ([Friday Night in America]] (Capitol)
- 1990: Matraca Berg - Lying to the Moon (RCA)
- 1992: Mitsou - Heading West (Tox) - track 2, "Heading West"
- 1993: Rick Vincent - A Wanted Man (Curb)
- 2005: Arthur Lee Land - Dragonfly (Perfect Groove)
- 2007: Artie Traum - Thief of Time (Roaring Stream)
- 2012: Lisa Haley - Joy Ride (Blue Fiddle)
- 2014: various artists - Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne (Music Road) - track 2-04, "Something Fine"
Also appears on
1973 - 1979
- 1973: Linda Ronstadt - Don't Cry Now (Asylum) - backing vocals
- 1974: Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like a Wheel (Capitol) - backing vocals on track 2, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
- 1976: Al Kooper - Act Like Nothing's Wrong (United Artists) - backing vocals
- 1976: Linda Ronstadt - Hasten Down the Wind (Asylum) - backing vocals
- 1977: Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff (Columbia) - backing vocals
- 1977: Tim Moore - White Shadows (Asylum) - backing vocals
- 1978: Maria Muldaur, Southern Winds (Warner Bros.) - backing vocals
- 1979: Karla Bonoff - Restless Nights (Columbia) - backing vocals
1980 - present
- 1980: Bob Welch - Man Overboard (Capitol) - backing vocals
- 1980: Amy Holland - Amy Holland (Capitol) - backing vocals
- 1980: Randy Meisner - One More Song (Epic) - guitar, vocals on track 3, "Come On Back To Me"
- 1980: John Stewart - Dream Babies Go Hollywood (RSO Records) - backing vocals
- 1982: Karla Bonoff - Wild Heart of the Young (Columbia) - backing vocals
- 1982: Nicolette Larson - All Dressed Up And No Place To Go (Warner Bros.) - backing vocals
- 1983: Melissa Manchester - Emergency (Arista) - backing vocals
- 1983: Randy Newman - Trouble In Paradise (Warner Bros.) - backing vocals
- 1984: Jimmy Buffett - Riddles in the Sand (MCA) - backing vocals
- 1984: Reba McEntire - My Kind of Country (MCA) - backing vocals
- 1985: Dobie Gray - From Where I Stand (Capitol) - backing vocals
- 1985: Jimmy Buffett - Last Mango in Paris (MCA) - backing vocals
- 1985: Hank Williams Jr. - Five-O (Warner Bros.) - backing vocals
- 1986: Mac Davis - Somewhere In America (MCA) - vocals
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- "Wendy Waldman". The Recording Academy. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
- Kawashima, Dale. "Phil Galdston, Wendy Waldman & Jon Lind: Writing The Classic Hit, "Save The Best For Last"". Songwriter Universe. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
- Paulson, Dave (March 3, 2015). "Story Behind the Song: 'Fishin' in the Dark'". The Tennessean. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
- 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.
- "The Refugees On Mountain Stage". Mountain Stage. Retrieved June 4, 2017.