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The fifth album from Randy Newman, released in 1974, peaked at #36 on the Billboard 200, becoming his first album to achieve major commercial success.
With a concept of the viewpoint of inhabitants of the Deep South, Newman addresses generally taboo topics such as slavery and racism. He incorporates actual historic events into the album mentioning the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 as well as a plea to President Richard Nixon to alleviate poverty as a result of the 1970s' recession. Newman performs with members of The Eagles on a song written by Huey Long and Castro Carazo, "Every Man A King".
After starting his songwriting career as a teenager, Randy Newman began recording as a singer and pianist in 1968 with his self-titled album. Throughout the 1970s he released several other acclaimed albums such as: 12 Songs, Sail Away, and Good Old Boys. In addition to his solo recordings and regular international touring, Newman began composing and scoring for films in the 1980s. The list of movies he has worked on since then includes The Natural, Awakenings, Ragtime, all three Toy Story pictures, Seabiscuit, James and the Giant Peach, A Bug's Life, and Disney/Pixar's Monsters University, the prequel to Monsters Inc. (which he also scored).
Randy Newman's many honors include six Grammys, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013the same year he was given an Ivor Novello PRS for Music Special International Award. Mostly recently, Newman was presented with a PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award in June 2014.
4. Mr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man)
6. Louisiana 1927
7. Every Man A King
9. Naked Man
10. A Wedding In Cherokee County
11. Back On My Feet Again