Randy Goodrum

Drums, Composer

1947 –


Who is Randy Goodrum?

Charles Randolph "Randy" Goodrum is an American songwriter. Goodrum has written numerous popular songs, including Anne Murray's #1 hit "You Needed Me" and "Broken Hearted Me", Michael Johnson's "Bluer Than Blue", England Dan & John Ford Coley's "It's Sad to Belong", Steve Perry's "Oh Sherrie" and "Foolish Heart", DeBarge's "Who's Holding Donna Now", cowritten with David Foster and Jay Graydon, Toto's "I'll Be Over You" and Chicago's "If She Would Have Been Faithful...". He also co-wrote with Brent Maher a number of Dottie West's hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including her No. 1 Country hit in 1980, "A Lesson in Leavin'". He also has performed as a keyboardist on many recordings by major artists of every genre.

As a keyboardist Goodrum toured extensively with artists such as, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Roy Orbison, and performed and/or produced cuts on many of their albums. As a co-writer with Chet Atkins, Randy wrote “To B or not to B” and “Waltz for the Lonely” among others. Goodrum’s song “So Soft Your Goodbye” won a Grammy award for Chet Atkins, and Mark Knopfler, in 1991.

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Jul 7, 1947
Hot Springs
  • United States of America
  • Hendrix College

on July 23, 2013


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