Showing posts with label Randy Vanwarmer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Randy Vanwarmer. Show all posts

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Just when I needed you most - Randy Vanwarmer

'You left me just when I needed you most'. It's one of those songs you need to play when you already feel a bit down. It will send you right to the brink. This song brought Randy Vanwarmer international fame at the end of the Seventies. Randy Vanwarmer was born on March 30, 1955. He grew up in Colorado in the USA. After his father died in a car accident, he moved to Cornwall, England in 1970. Randy remembered it as a depressing place, economically downtrodden, with long, dark and rainy winters. When he was still a teenager, a girlfriend from the USA came to England, spent several months with him, then returned home. Vanwarmer had been writing songs and playing in South England clubs for a while, and the experience with the American girl ultimately became 'Just when I needed you most'. In Vanwarmer's mind the song is really about the weather: 'It's not hard to write a really sad song in the winter in Cornwall'. The single became his one and only big hit: it reached number 4 in the USA, number 8 in the UK and number 6 in the Netherlands.

Vanwarmer continued to write music for others and for his own recordings, but further commercial success eluded him. On January 14, 2004 he died of leukemia.

My collection: 7" single no. 2831
Found: February 1, 1997
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Just when I needed you most' / 'Your light'
Download: Album 'Warmer', including both tracks (password: 88R+?)Lx )
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