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Award winning songwriter and producer talks about his career and the music business.

by Michael McDevit
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Home Exclusive Interviews Award winning songwriter and producer talks about his career and the music business.

Award winning songwriter and producer talks about his career and the music business.

by Michael McDevit
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Born In New York City, Denny Randell is an American songwriter, record producer and arranger, whose dynamic career, including over 45 songs on Billboard’s best seller charts, began with his songwriting collaborations with Bob Crewe and Sandy Linzer in the 1960s and 1970s.  He co-wrote hits including “A Lover’s Concerto”, Let’s Hang On!”, “Working My Way Back To You” and “Native New Yorker”, and was nominated with Linzer for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) in 2018. He came to the attention of New York music publishing company Shapiro Bernstein, who started to employ him as a staff songwriter. This in turn led to his introduction to Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, the record producer and writers behind the success of The Four Seasons. Randell began working with The Four Seasons as a writer and arranger in the early 1960’s.

Gaudio’s associate, Al Kasha, introduced Randell to Sandy Linzer. The duo wrote several Top 10 songs for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, including “Working My Way Back to You” (also a hit for The Spinners in 1979, and in the UK for Boyzone in 1994), “Opus 17 (Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me)” and with Bob Crewe “Let’s Hang On!”(also a hit for Barry Manilow in 1981). Randell and Crewe later co-wrote Valli’s solo hit “Swearin’ To God” and “I Wanna Dance Wit’ Choo” for Disco Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes. Many other top artists have also recorded his songs.

Denny’s later hits also include the Star Wars Christmas Album, “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby” by Smash Mouth, and a number of National Dance hits by him and Biddy Schippers. Currently under way is their new theatrical musical. 

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