Known for such hits as "Real Emotional Girl", singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and pianist Randy Newman is on his way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Newman, a 40-year veteran of the music business, talked to Fresh Air in 1998 and 2004 about his life and work.
He's best known for his hit songs "Short People" and "I Love L.A." He's written for a number of films including, Ragtime, Avalon, The Natural, Toy Story, Babe and Seabiscuit. He's received 14 Oscar nominations and won in 2002. Recently he released Volume One of The Randy Newman Songbook.
Singer-songwriter Randy Newman. Last week he was nominated for three Academy Awards - for his "Pleasantville" and "A Bug's Life" scores, and for a song from "Babe: A Pig in the City." We will broadcast an extended version of the interview we aired late in December with Newman. At that time Rhino Records released "Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman," a four CD box set that included an entire disc of previously unreleased tracks.