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  • Don Randi (2017)

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    Pianist, arranger and record producer Don Randi has filled music lovers' ears for years, even though you might not have known it.

    During the explosive pop music era of the 1960s and '70s, Don was part of the remarkable group of studio musicians who began as Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, and morphed into The Wrecking Crew.

    Don has played on over a thousand recordings, some of them quite iconic: The Jackson Five's "A-B-C" and the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations", as well as recordings by Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr, and innumerable others. He's been Nancy Sinatra's music director for many years.

    Decades ago in Los Angeles, Don opened a still very popular club, The Baked Potato, and he's finally collected all his great stories into the memoir "You've Heard These Hands".
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Chet Baker and Art Pepper Playboys Minor Yours Pacific Jazz
    # 2 Frank Rosolino Turn Me Loose! Please Don't Bug Me Collectables
    # 3 Oscar Peterson The Trio, Live from Chicago Sometimes I'm Happy Verve
    # 4 Mose Allison Local Color Parchman Farm OJC
    # 5 Hampton Hawes The Trio, Vol. 1 Hamp's Blues OJC
    # 6 Al Jarreau Breakin' Away Teach Me Tonight Warner Bros
    # 7 Red Garland Red Garland Revisted Billy Boy OJC
    # 8 Don Randi Good Jazz Vibrations Sloop John B Bee Pee
    Book Howard Fast, "Spartacus"
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