Publisher: Hal Leonard
Authors: Don Randi, Karen “Nish” Nishimura, Karen Nish Nishimura
As a keyboard musician, composer, arranger, music director, and record producer, Don Randi has thrilled music lovers for years, even if they weren't aware of it... until now. He played keyboards on over a thousand popular recordings and was a member of the remarkable “Wrecking Crew” of studio musicians during the explosive pop music era of the 1960s and early 1970s. Nancy Sinatra, the Beach Boys, the Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., Neil Diamond, and Linda Ronstadt are among the many music greats Randi has worked with and writes about in You've Heard These Hands.
For many years, only music industry insiders, close friends, and jazz fans who visit Randi's nightclub, the Baked Potato, have heard him tell some of the amazing, heartfelt, and hilarious personal stories in this collection. Now everyone can discover the in-studio, behind-the-scenes, and on-tour tales from the man whose hands we've heard playing on our favorite hit tunes. You've Heard These Hands will capture the attention and emotion of its readers, who won't be able to resist sharing Randi's stories with their friends.
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“Don Randi's You've Heard These Hands is a fun, breezy read, full of behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the pop music world of the 1960s and 1970s. It's worth checking out if you're a '60s music enthusiast, or if you enjoy entertainment autobiographies.” – Something Else! Reviews
“Randi played keyboards on over a thousand popular recordings and was a member of the so-called 'Wrecking Crew' of studio musicians during the explosive pop music era of the '60s and early '70s. Nancy Sinatra, The Beach Boys, The Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., Neil Diamond and Linda Ronstadt are among the many music greats Randi worked with and writes about in this anecdote-filled memoir.” – Music Connection
“Pop music fans will be wide-eyed over the insights he offers into the making of so many Top 10 records. He affably offers memorable anecdotes about many of the stars and producers with whom he has worked, singing their praises. He rarely has a negative word to say... except for a fabulous depiction of the demanding diva Raquel Welch. Randi is also an acclaimed jazz artist who operates the revered Southern California venue The Baked Potato and the book contains interesting info on that aspect of his life, as well. The man has a rare talent and passion for music, as well as an encyclopedic knowledge. His memoir makes for wonderful reading.” – PopCultureClassics.com
“Don Randi's breezy illustrated hardback is a lively account of some of the adventures and misadventures, the exploits and encounters, the laughs and pranks – and the occasional angry showdown.” – The Beat Magazine
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