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Randy Newman

Los Angeles, California, United States

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• Learned to play the piano at age 7.

• Began his recording career at 18 with the single "Golden Gridiron Boy." It flopped.

• His early songs were covered by artists such as Gene Pitney, Judy Collins, Jackie DeShannon and the O'Jays.

• Was briefly a member of the Tikis, who were later renamed Harper's Bizarre.

• Had chart success with the singles "Short People," "I Love L.A." and "It's Money That Matters."

• Began composing music for films in 1970; by the 1980s, that had become his primary focus.

• Was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

• Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.