Randy Newman

1943 - Today

Photo of Randy Newman

Icon of person Randy Newman

Randall Stuart Newman (born November 28, 1943) is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist known for his Southern-accented singing style, early Americana-influenced soul songs (often with mordant or satirical lyrics), and various film scores. His best-known songs as a recording artist are "Short People" (1977), "I Love L.A." (1983), and "You've Got a Friend in Me" (1995), while other artists have enjoyed more success with cover versions of his "Mama Told Me Not to Come" (1966), "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" (1968) and "You Can Leave Your Hat On" (1972). Born in Los Angeles to an extended family of Hollywood film composers, Newman began his songwriting career at the age of 17, penning hits for acts such as the Fleetwoods, Cilla Black, Gene Pitney, and the Alan Price Set. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Randy Newman has received more than 4,651,286 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Randy Newman is the 427th most popular singer (up from 480th in 2019), the 2,646th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,676th in 2019) and the 135th most popular American Singer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 4.7M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 65.17

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 40

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.34

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.14

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Randy Newmen by language


Among singers, Randy Newman ranks 427 out of 3,541Before him are Linda Ronstadt, Teddy Scholten, Darío Moreno, Lepa Brena, Jean Ferrat, and Gary Glitter. After him are Siw Malmkvist, Ronnie Biggs, Mia Martini, Howlin' Wolf, Gal Costa, and Solomiya Krushelnytska.

Most Popular Singers in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1943, Randy Newman ranks 161Before him are Robert Lefkowitz, Jef Raskin, Mike Leigh, Oskar Lafontaine, Terry Eagleton, and José Ángel Iribar. After him are Joan Manuel Serrat, Winston Groom, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Lucio Battisti, Eduardo Mendoza Garriga, and David Morrell.

Others Born in 1943

Go to all Rankings

In United States

Among people born in United States, Randy Newman ranks 2,646 out of 15,968Before him are G. W. Bailey (1944), Don Budge (1915), Paul Strand (1890), Jesse Jackson (1941), Isiah Thomas (1961), and Chuck Palahniuk (1962). After him are Willy DeVille (1950), Ted Nelson (1937), Carl Wieman (1951), Chris Rock (1965), Winston Groom (1943), and Dick Dale (1937).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Randy Newman ranks 135Before him are Tracy Chapman (1964), Paul Robeson (1898), Billy Preston (1946), Natalie Cole (1950), Taylor Swift (1989), and Linda Ronstadt (1946). After him are Howlin' Wolf (1910), Steve Perry (1949), Cissy Houston (1933), Dinah Washington (1924), Carly Simon (1945), and Jessye Norman (1945).

Twitter Activity