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September 18, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
Randy Newman has fired his satirical barbs at racism and the gruesome legacy of slavery before, most notably in "Rednecks" and "Sail Away. " Now he's taking aim again with a new song that's related from the perspective of a (presumably white) voter who declares that, "I'm dreaming of a white president. " One line goes: "He won't be the brightest, perhaps, but he'll be the whitest, and I'll vote for that. " The 68-year-old singer and composer, who's backing President Obama for reelection, told the Associated Press that he wanted "I'm Dreaming" to convey his thoughts about the pervasiveness of racism -- which he called "the great issue of this country" -- albeit with his trademark wry comic touch.
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March 12, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Turns out you can teach an old time slot new tricks. The recent passing of "The Tonight Show" torch from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon sparked the inevitable state-of-the-genre conversation. In a world ruled by tweets and memes, Netflix and YouTube, is there even a place for late-night talk shows anymore? FOR THE RECORD: Jimmy Fallon: A critic's notebook in the March 13 Calendar section implied that "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon has not interviewed a U.S. president. In fact, Fallon interviewed President Obama on his previous show, "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
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December 11, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Check the thermostat in hell -- it appears to have dropped below 32 degrees: Long-snubbed  Canadian progressive-rock trio Rush will at long last be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, along with Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Heart and Albert King. Rush's absence from the Rock Hall year in and year out has spurred more complaints from fans than any other uninducted act, but Rush fans can now change their jeers to cheers. Rush and the other new inductees will be welcomed into the Rock Hall on April 18 in a ceremony that will take place for the first time in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre.
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July 16, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
An injured Mariah Carey performed with the New York Philharmonic at the Major League Baseball's All-Star Charity Concert to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy. Carey, who dislocated her shoulder during a video shoot, on Saturday rotated between a series of bejeweled and feathered slings to match her changing frocks for a crowd of 60,000 on Central Park's Great Lawn. N.Y. Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert led the orchestra, which donned baseball caps while performing sports-inspired songs, including Randy Newman's score from "The Natural" and Gershwin's score from the 1927 musical "Strike Up the Band.
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January 22, 1996 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Goethe's "Faust" is the operative literary source for Randy Newman these days. It's the text from which he very, very loosely adapted his latest fine bit of work, an album and musical comedy called "Randy Newman's Faust." The stage production was a rather rough theatrical beast in its debut last year in La Jolla, but Newman hopes it will slouch its way eventually to Broadway. Chicago is the production's next scheduled stop.
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November 14, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
In his songs, Randy Newman has invented enough characters to stock a season's worth of Broadway musicals. Regretful lovers. Scared school boys. Unreconstructed rednecks. Blissfully smug Angelenos. An oddly contemporary Karl Marx. And, of course, short people. Which helps explain why, a few days ago, the L.A.-born, Big Easy-bred composer was sitting in a downtown Los Angeles rehearsal room, tapping his running shoes to the beat, amusement skittering across his eyes, while he watched a rehearsal of the new musical "Harps and Angels.
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May 1, 1996 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN
Randy Newman, whose recent credits include the score for the Disney film "Toy Story" and his own musical-theater version of "Faust," tops the list of artists on the Pacific Symphony's 1996-97 Pops Series at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.
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October 13, 2009 | David Ng
Songwriter Randy Newman -- who has penned music for countless films, including "Toy Story" and "Monsters, Inc." -- will have a new musical premiered at the Mark Taper Forum in November 2010. "Harps and Angels" will feature songs previously written by Newman arranged in a way to tell a story about the American experience, according to Center Theatre Group. Some of the Newman songs to be included are: "I Think It's Going to Rain Today," "Sail Away," "Marie," "Rednecks," "My Country," "Louisiana 1927," "Feels Like Home," "You've Got a Friend in Me" and "I Love L.A."
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November 23, 1992 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Randy Newman isn't quite into the Frank Sinatra corner yet, where a show is a ritualized encounter with an immutable set of songs. But with his notoriously miserly output further slowed by his recent movie soundtrack assignments, Newman doesn't have much to work with when it comes to revitalizing his program.
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November 21, 2006 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Randy Newman's body of work is so deep and so rich that his performances never shortchange listeners, even when they consist solely of songs several years or decades old. The pleasant surprise, then, at the singer-songwriter's show Sunday at Walt Disney Concert Hall was the introduction of three new songs, even though he hasn't put out a new studio album since "Bad Love" in 1999.
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May 19, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
In his column Sunday, Steve Lopez laments the low voter turnout expected in Tuesday's Los Angeles mayor runoff. In doing so, he also writes a new version of Randy Newman's classic song "I Love L.A.," set to the mood of 2013 Los Angeles: Look at that uplifted sidewalk Look at those shabby trees Look at that digital billboard, man Enough of them, please Flat tires (We love it!) Ruptured water mains (We love it!) Grand Canyon pot holes (We love it!
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May 18, 2013 | Steve Lopez
No, wait, don't turn the page. Yes, I'll admit it. This is yet another column on Tuesday's election in Los Angeles, the race half the city doesn't care about and the other half hasn't heard about, but DO NOT turn the page. OK, I'll give you $5 to read this. All right, make it $10. Would you stay with me for $20 if I promise Randy Newman's going to make a cameo? Sure, you've got your reasons for tuning out. Some of you think Wendy Garcetti and Eric Greuel are the same person, so it doesn't matter which of them is the next mayor.
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May 17, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
About 7,000 people were on hand at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre last month when Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the Class of 2013, along with Donna Summer, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Heart, Albert King, Quincy Jones and Lou Adler. Those who did attend (this reporter included) would testify that there were times when it felt as if roughly 6,950 of those in the audience were fans of the Canadian prog-rock trio. In any case, starting May 18, the rest of the world can judge for itself as HBO premieres three hours' worth of highlights from the 5½-hour marathon of music and testimonials to this year's inductees.
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May 14, 2013 | Doug Smith, Doug Smith is data editor at the Los Angeles Times
My young colleague, Ben Welsh, who hails from Swisher, Iowa, by way of Columbia, Mo., and Washington, D.C., quickly caught on to what we native Angelenos know subliminally. Los Angeles has its own distinctive voice. It's not the plaintive howl of coyotes in the hills, the frightening screams of the Santa Ana winds or the somnolent lap of surf. Our city's voice, as Ben observed, is a singular human one: Vin Scully's. Its timbre is like no other. Hear a single syllable and, as surely as Billie Holiday is Billie Holiday, Winston Churchill is Winston Churchill and Billy Mays is Billy Mays, you know it's Vin. I think Scully could have been mayor if he'd wanted.
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April 24, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Inglewood has gotten its share of love over the years, courtesy of rappers including Mack 10, Dr. Dre and Tupac, but few have been as joyous, infectious and vivid as Becky G's new single, “Becky from the Block.” The track features the young rapper honoring her neighborhood with a series of snapshot rhymes about life in the southwest Los Angeles town -- all performed to an updated riff on Jennifer Lopez's hit, “Jenny from the Block.” ...
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April 19, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
A concert Sunday at the Troubadour in West Hollywood constitutes more than the usual raft of aspiring musicians that often takes place in local clubs: This one will showcase nearly two dozen students who make up the first graduating class from USC's Popular Music Program, touted as the first of its kind at a major university in granting baccalaureate degrees in pop music performance. It's hardly the students' first foray into the public spotlight - most have been honing their chops with performances on and off campus since USC instituted the new degree in 2008.
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May 11, 2008 | Geoff Boucher
Randy NEWMAN has made a career out of melodic skepticism and deadpan rhythm, but he sounded genuinely stunned the other day when he was told that this year is the 25th anniversary of "I Love L.A." "What is that? I don't believe it. I can't believe it. Can it really be a quarter of a century?" There are few songs that echo in L.A. quite like Newman's winking civic anthem, which manages to be both sunny and subversive at the same time with its "big nasty redhead" cruising the boulevard.
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November 4, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM
That splotchy, reddish-orange shirt, fit for baseball bleacher wear, won't do, but the curly hair is a start. Finding a dapper white suit shouldn't be too hard. Maybe whiten those curls while we're at it. The mustache could take a while to grow. At least he already knows how to talk Southern. Would he choke if we had him puff on a cigar? What we're considering here is a make-over for Randy Newman--from well-respected but overlooked pop song craftsman to . . .
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April 18, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. “It's a good year to be having this in L.A.,” said Greg Harris, the new president and chief executive of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, referring to tonight's induction ceremony taking place at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live downtown, the first time in two decades the event has been held in Los Angeles. He was referring to the contingent of L.A.-based artists being honored. Randy Newman is among the performer inductees, and veteran record executive Lou Adler and producer-arranger-conductor-composer Quincy Jones are among the non-performers entering the hall this year.
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February 26, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Some people despise Los Angeles. Others have a love-hate relationship. And then there's Justin Chart, 53, who loves his native city with all his aching heart. Nearly a year ago, Chart took his daughter to the Griffith Observatory, and they enjoyed a splendiferous day inside the museum. But the real show began when they stepped back outside and into the glorious vapor of the fading day. "The lights were coming on and I was looking over this panoramic view, thinking, 'My God, this is the most beautiful city I've ever seen,' and I've traveled all over the world.
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