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Don Randi original member of ‘The Wrecking Crew’ on TeaFlix Tuesday

Don Randi original member of ‘The Wrecking Crew’ on TeaFlix Tuesday

Don Randi original member of ‘The Wrecking Crew’ on TeaFlix Tuesday
April 23
14:40 2024
Don Randi original member of ‘The Wrecking Crew’ on TeaFlix Tuesday
In case you missed the live show, here’s the YouTube link:

Don Randi, original member of The Wrecking Crew (he is featured in the award-winning eponymous documentary by director Denny Tedesco), and owner of the iconic Baked Potato live music venue in Los Angeles since 1970. Don was born in New York City. He was raised in the Catskill Mountains and studied classical music. In 1954, he moved to Los Angeles and became a studio musician. During the next year, he began working at a record distribution company where he was influenced by jazz musicians, particularly Horace Silver.
He began his career as a pianist and keyboard player in 1956, gradually establishing a reputation as a leading session musician. In the early 1960s, he was musician and arranger for record producer Phil Spector’s #WallofSound. He played piano on “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” by #NancySinatra and on her albums, as well as being a member of her touring band for decades. He performed on the #BeachBoys “Good Vibrations” and “God Only Knows”. His piano can be heard on the Buffalo Springfield song “Broken Arrow”. He’s played on hundreds of hit records, working with Linda Ronstadt (the harpsichord on “Different Drum”), Quincy Jones, Cannonball Adderley, Herb Alpert, Sarah Vaughan, Lee Hazlewood and Frank Zappa. He recorded live albums of piano jazz as a solo performer and as the leader of the Don Randi Trio with Leroy Vinnegar and Mel Lewis.
In 1970, he opened The #BakedPotato jazz club in Studio City, California, and formed Don Randi and Quest as the house band. The band recorded over 15 albums and was nominated for a #Grammy® Award in 1980 for the album New Baby. In 2010, the Baked Potato was named Best Jazz Club by Los Angeles magazine.
In 2008, as a member of the Wrecking Crew, Randi was inducted into the #Hollywood RockWalk of Fame. This is a #Teaflix you will NOT want to miss!
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(Photo courtesy ‘Inside Jazz’)

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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