Randy Goodrum – Love (lyrics)

4eRandy Goodrum is best known for putting words in other people’s mouths. He’s also equally adept at providing an accompanying melody. Like many songwriters, he may not be a household name, but ask George Benson, Toto, Chicago, Steve Perry or Anne Murray about his career chops and Randy’s marquee shines plenty bright. Add to that musician credits like playing keyboards for Perry Como, Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Kenny Rogers and Olivia Newton-John, there are precious few musical scribes with as polished a pedigree. Among his roster of chart-toppers, in the 70s, Goodrum penned Anne Murray’s “You Needed Me” and “Broken Hearted Me,” Michael Johnson’s “Bluer Than Blue” and England Dan & John Ford Coley’s “It’s Sad to Belong.” In the 80s, he helped forge the mammoth success of Steve Perry’s “Oh Sherrie” and “Foolish Heart,” DeBarge’s “Who’s Holding Donna Now,” Toto’s “I’ll Be Over You” and Chicago’s “If She Would Have Been Faithful”, also collaborated with Dave Grusin on “Haunting Me”. (nDy)

Pernah suka You Needed Me lewat suara Anne Murray? Jerit Steve Perry di lagu Oh Sherrie, kelembutan Who’s Holding Donna Now oleh DeBarge Family, manisnya Dave Grusin menemani Haunting Me? Atau simak lagi I’ll Be Over You dari band TOTO, juga Jim Photoglo mempopulerkan Love dgn banyak cover version, semua hits tsb bermuara pada satu nama: Randy Goodrum. Sang pianis pernah stress berat karena sulit dapat kerjaan pasca wajib militer, serta karya2 lagunya dianggap aneh. “Cuma Beethoven yg bisa nyimak nada anda”, ujar sinis beberapa kepala studio. Dia jadi berfikir, mungkin karyaku hanya cocok untuk musik instrumental. Sambil dihibur Gail, nama istrinya, mendadak Randy dapat pencerahan. “Ketika aku menangis, kau hadir mengusap sampai kering”, awal premis yg keren. Namun masih terasa aneh setelah diselaraskan lewat nada ekstrim. Randy menghubungi sahabat yg punya koneksi beberapa penyanyi, lantas ditawarkan kepada Helen Reddy, Cher, dan Anne Murray. Hingga suatu malam,telpon rumah berdering. Randy sedang ngamen di kafe seperti biasa. Gail menerima interlokal yg mengaku dari studio di Toronto. “Kami sedang rekaman sebuah lagu, tapi belum jelas milik siapa dan harus ada persetujuan. Hanya tertulis Randy Goodrum dgn nomor telpon ini, kami butuh ijin. Apakah anda bersedia mewakili?”. Gail hanya menjawab, I think that’d be just fine. “Baiklah, terima kasih. Oya lagu ini akan dibawa oleh Anne Murray, semoga anda akan senang, selamat malam”. Gail menutup telpon, bersiap untuk tidur. Gail belum menyadari hidupnya akan berubah drastis seperti Vanilla Sky. (nDy)

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