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Randy Goodrum

Randy Goodrum

Class of 1965

Randy Goodrum (born July 7, 1947 in Hot Springs, Arkansas) is an American songwriter. Goodrum has written (or co-written) numerous popular songs, including Anne Murray's #1 hit "You Needed Me" (1978) and "Broken Hearted Me" (1979), Michael Johnson's "Bluer Than Blue" (1978), England Dan & John Ford Coley's "It's Sad To Belong" (1977), Steve Perry's "Oh Sherrie" (1984), DeBarge's "Who's Holding Donna Now", cowritten with David Foster and Jay Graydon, Toto's "I'll Be Over You" (1986) and Chicago's "If She Would Have Been Faithful..." (1987). He also co-wrote with Brent Maher a lot 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 recordings by Amy Grant and other artists.

Randy Goodrum toured extensively with guitarist Chet Atkins and performed and produced cuts on many of Atkins� 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.

Goodrum has conducted numerous seminars for aspiring songwriters over the years and urges songwriters to be patient, noting that he had written songs for over 10 years before any were recorded by other artists. According to Goodrum, his biggest hit, "You Needed Me" was rejected at first because it did not have a chorus.

"When I took them "You Needed Me" they told me it wouldn�t work, that it needed a chorus. And I said �No, it doesn�t.� I had been writing a really long time at that point and I knew there were a lot of songs that were hits that did not have a chorus, like �When Sunny Gets Blue� for example. Now a less experienced writer might go back home and write a chorus and end up with a seven minute piece of garbage." said Goodrum in a recent interview.

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