Class of 1965
Randy Goodrum toured extensively with guitarist Chet Atkins and performed and produced cuts on many of AtkinsÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ albums. As a co-writer with Chet Atkins, Randy wrote Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½To B or not to BÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ and Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½Waltz for the LonelyÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ among others. GoodrumÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s song Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½So Soft Your GoodbyeÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ 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 wouldnÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t work, that it needed a chorus. And I said Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½No, it doesnÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t.Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½ 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 Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½When Sunny Gets BlueÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ 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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