An Interview With Randy Goodrum
Randy Goodrum is a keyboardist, producer and songwriter who has written (or co-written) numerous popular songs, including Anne Murray’s #1 hit “You Needed Me” (1978) and “Broken Hearted Me” (1979), Michael Johnson’s “Bluer Than Blue” (1978), England Dan & John Ford Coley’s “It’s Sad To Belong” (1977), Steve Perry’s “Oh Sherrie” (1984), DeBarge’s “Who’s Holding Donna Now”, cowritten with David Foster and Jay Graydon, Toto’s “I’ll Be Over You” (1986) and Chicago’s “If She Would Have Been Faithful…” (1987). He also co-wrote with Brent Maher some of Dottie West’s hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including her No. 1 Country hit in 1980, “A Lesson in Leavin'”.He performed as a keyboardist on recordings by countless artists in a variety of genres of music speed dating including Chet Atkins, Roy Orbison, Dionne Warwick, Steve Perry, Earl Klugh, DeBarge, Al Jarreau, Steve Wariner, and George Benson.
Randy toured extensively with Chet Atkins and performed and produced cuts on many of Chet’s albums. As a co-writer with Chet Atkins, Randy wrote “To B or not to B” and “Waltz for the Lonely” among others. Randy’s song “So Soft Your Goodbye” won a Grammy award for Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler in 1991.Randy Goodrum was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000.Randy divides his time between projects in the Los Angeles area and also in Nashville. His most current CD “JaR” is a collaboration with songwriter Jay Graydon.
TR: How did you get started with Chet? I played briefly on the road with Roy Orbison and I was playing on a Roy Orbison session with a guy named Steve Schaefer, and I told Steve that I had heard the piano player gig for Lynn Anderson was coming open. So I mentioned that and Steve told me, “You ought to go try out to play with Jerry Reed, I think he’d really like what you do.” So I went out there and Jerry was working on “Lightning Rod” while I was there. So I auditioned for Jerry learning how to play that song.