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Randy Edelman

Randy Edelman
Born (1947-06-10) June 10, 1947
Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Genres Pop music, Film score
Occupation(s) Composer, conductor
Instruments Piano
Years active 1973–present

Randy Edelman (born June 10, 1947) is an American film and television score composer.


  • Life and career 1
    • Musical scores 1.1
    • Scores reused elsewhere 1.2
    • NBC Sports 1.3
    • Personal life 1.4
  • Hit records 2
  • Filmography 3
    • Film 3.1
    • Television 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life and career

Edelman was born in Paterson, New Jersey, to a Jewish family.[1][2] He was raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, the son of a first-grade teacher and an accountant.[3] He attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music before heading to New York where he played piano in Broadway pit orchestras. He produced several solo albums of songs (some of which were later recorded by The Carpenters ("I Can't Make Music", "Piano Picker" and "You"), Barry Manilow ("Weekend in New England"), "If Love Is Real" from Olivia Newton-John's Making a Good Thing Better, Dionne Warwick, The Laughter and the Tears, Blood Sweat and Tears, Blue Street, and many others before moving to Los Angeles. It was there where Edelman started to work in television and film scoring while producing his solo albums which found cult following in the UK, Europe, and Japan.

Musical scores

One of his first film scores was for the 1973 movie Executive Action which put forward an additional version of some theories concerning the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1963. In the mid-1980s, Edelman wrote the theme to, and scored many episodes of MacGyver, a popular television series starring Richard Dean Anderson.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, he also collaborated with Ivan Reitman, producing scores for several of his comedies, including Ghostbusters II, Twins and Kindergarten Cop. He also contributed to Beethoven, The Last of the Mohicans, The Mask, Daylight, Anaconda, xXx, Gettysburg, My Cousin Vinny, While You Were Sleeping, Dragonheart, Shanghai Noon, Six Days Seven Nights, The Indian in the Cupboard, Billy Madison, Angels in the Outfield, and EDtv to name just a few.

Edelman was honored with the Richard Kirk Award at the 2003 BMI Film and TV Awards. The award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music. In 2004 he received an honorary doctorate in fine arts from the University of Cincinnati. He was given the degree along with three other honorees distinguished in various other fields, including Coretta Scott King.[4]

He produced the scores for the 2008 film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. This score was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London where in 2010 Randy also recorded and composed the Irish flavored music score for Amy Adams film Leap Year.He was awarded the Goldspirit Award (named in honor of Jerry Goldsmith) for best comedy score of 2011 for the Leap Year soundtrack CD on Varese Sarabande.

Scores reused elsewhere

While some of the films scored by Edelman were not commercial successes, the music was often reused elsewhere. Themes he wrote for Dragonheart, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (particularly the movie's love theme Bruce and Linda), Gettysburg and other films have been widely used in television advertising, film trailers, Disney movies including Mulan, and during the Academy Awards. In particular, the rousing yet heartwarming theme of Dragon, featured in "The Premiere of THE BIG BOSS" and "The Dragon's Heartbeat" have become synonymous with tear-jerking films of bittersweet yet triumphant rises to glory, featuring prominently in trailers of films like Patch Adams, The Truman Show, In Love and War and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone film. Themes from his score for Come See the Paradise have been used in film trailers more than cues from any other film soundtrack.[5][6]

NBC Sports

His music from The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. is featured during NBC's Olympic Games coverage when announcing upcoming events. In addition, it was used during NBC's coverage of the 1997 World Series. At the end of the 1996 Summer Olympics, it used the closing music of Gettysburg. In the 1990s, Edelman composed the popular theme music for NBC's NFL telecasts which was used for the 1995–97 seasons through Super Bowl XXXII.[7]

Personal life

Edelman has been married to singer Jackie DeShannon since June 3, 1976. DeShannon is known for such 1960s hits as "When You Walk in the Room", "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" and "What the World Needs Now Is Love". Edelman is DeShannon's second husband and they have a son, Noah D. Edelman.

Hit records

Edelman has also achieved chart success with several songs:[8]

  • "Everybody Wants to Find a Bluebird" (March 1975) – #92 US / #18 AC (US)
  • "Concrete and Clay" (March 1976) - #11 AC (US) – cover version of the hit for the British pop group Unit 4 + 2 – No. 11 UK
  • "Uptown Uptempo Woman" (September 1976) – No. 25 UK
  • "You" (January 1977) – No. 49 UK
  • "Nobody Made Me" (July 1982) – No. 60 UK

Solo CDs:

  • The Pacific Flow To Abbey Road- CherryRed (UK) VareseSarabande (US)
  • Randy Edelman- MGM Records
  • The Laughter and the Tears- MGM Records
  • Prime Cuts- 20th Century Records
  • Farewell Fairbanks- 20th Century Records
  • If Love is Real- Arista Records
  • You're the One- Arista Records
  • On Time- Rocket Records
  • Switch of the Seasons-PRT Records(Polar)
  • Randy Edelman and his Piano- PRT Records
  • Uptown Uptempo Woman(Compilation)- Warwick Reflection Records
  • Uptown Uptempo, The Best Of Randy Edelman- RCA Ltd. Records
  • The Very Best of Randy Edelman- Cherry Red Records

Partial list of artists who have covered Edelman's songs (both music and lyrics):

  • The Carpenters- I Can't Make Music, You, Piano Picker
  • Barry Manilow- Weekend in New England
  • Labelle- Isn't it a Shame
  • Olivia Newton John- If Love is Real
  • Nelly- My Place
  • Dionne Warwick- You are the Sunlight, I am the Moon, The Laughter and Tears, Give a Little Laughter
  • Blood Sweat and Tears- Blue Street
  • Jackie DeShannon- Sunny Days, Let the Sailors Dance
  • Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA)- Turn The World Around
  • The Fifth Dimension- Everybody Wants to Call You Sweetheart
  • Kool and the Gang- Amore Amore
  • Bing Crosby- The Woman On Your Arm
  • Shirley Bassey- Isn't It a Shame
  • Nancy Wilson- The Laughter and the Tears
  • Rosemary Clooney- You
  • Petula Clark- Make a time for Lovin'



Year Title
1972 Outside In
1973 Snatched
Executive Action
Blood Sport
1983 When Your Lover Leaves
1984 A Doctor's Story
1985 Scandal Sheet
Happily Ever After
1987 The Chipmunk Adventure
Dennis the Menace
1988 Feds
1989 Troop Beverly Hills
Ghostbusters II
1990 Quick Change
Come See the Paradise
Kindergarten Cop
1991 Drop Dead Fred
V.I. Warshawski
Eyes of an Angel
1992 My Cousin Vinny
Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story
The Last of the Mohicans
The Distinguished Gentleman
1993 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Beethoven's 2nd
1994 Greedy
Angels in the Outfield
The Mask
Pontiac Moon
1995 Billy Madison
Citizen X
Tall Tale
While You Were Sleeping
The Indian in the Cupboard
The Big Green
1996 Down Periscope
The Quest
1997 Anaconda
Gone Fishin'
Leave It to Beaver
For Richer or Poorer
1998 Six Days Seven Nights
1999 EDtv
The Hunley
2000 Passion of Mind
The Whole Nine Yards
The Skulls
Shanghai Noon
2001 Head over Heels
China: The Panda Adventure
Osmosis Jones
Who Is Cletis Tout?
Corky Romano
Black Knight
2002 A Season on the Brink
Frank McKlusky, C.I.
2003 National Security
Shanghai Knights
Gods and Generals
2004 Connie and Carla
Surviving Christmas
2005 Son of the Mask
2006 The Ten Commandments
The Last Time
2007 Underdog
Balls of Fury
2008 27 Dresses
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
2010 Leap Year
2011 The Greening of Whitney Brown
2015 NAYA: Legend of the Green Dolphin
The Boy Next Door


Year1983 Title Ryan's Four Notes Paramount TV NBC
1984 CBS Schoolbreak Special episode: All the Kids Do It
1985–87 MacGyver seasons 1–2
1986 Mr. Sunshine episode: Pilot
1988 ABC Afterschool Special episode: A Family Again
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. episode: Pilot


  1. ^ "Edelman, Randy 1947-". Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Randy Edelman". Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Sheff, David. "Jackie Deshannon Wrote the Tune but Randy Edelman Put a Little Love in Her Heart", People, May 5, 1980. Accessed September 27, 2011. "Edelman, in fact, was scarcely 22, just out of Cincinnati's Conservatory of Music and still living part-time in Teaneck, N.J. with his parents (an accountant and a first-grade teacher)."
  4. ^ "Randy Edelman, Merv Griffin, Eminem Among Honorees at BMI Film/TV Awards". Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  5. ^ "Top 100 Frequently Used Cues". Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  6. ^ Sella, Marshall (July 28, 2002). "The 150-Second Sell, Take 34". New York Times. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Theme"NFL on NBC"1995–1997 . Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  8. ^ UK Chart Stats

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