As a musician, composer, arranger, music director, and record producer, Don Randi has thrilled music lovers for years, even if they weren’t aware of it. During the explosive pop music era of the 1960s and early 1970s, Don was one of a remarkable group of studio musicians who began in Phil Spector’s famous “Wall of Sound” and were later dubbed the “Wrecking Crew.” He played keyboards on over a thousand recordings, including iconic songs like “ABC,” “Good Vibrations,” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” Now, for the first time in print, this veteran musician and master storyteller presents the stories behind the songs.
“You’ve Heard These Hands” brings together Don Randi’s fascinating, heartfelt, and hilarious recollections. Nancy Sinatra (and father Frank), the Beach Boys, the Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., and Linda Ronstadt are among the many music legends found in the book. Don tells of life in the studio and on the road, with triumphs, mishaps, hijinks, family bonds, and enduring friendships—but most of all, the excitement of making great music with some of the greatest artists who ever lived.
For many years, only music industry insiders, close friends and jazz fans who visit Don’s nightclub, The Baked Potato, have heard him tell some of the stories included in the book. Now everyone can read 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 as they find Don’s stories impossible to resist sharing with their friends.
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