1979 Randy VanWarmer – Just When I Needed You Most
Randy VanWarmer grew up in Colorado until his father’s death in a car accident when he was 15 caused his family to move to Cornwall, England. Eight years later, in 1978, he signed with Bearsville Records and moved to Woodstock, New York.
Two events led Randy to write Just When I Needed You Most: a breakup with his girlfriend and the breakdown of a car he loved that he had driven for years.
Two years later, he finally recorded the song for his first album. John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful played the autoharp solos on the record, which became his first single.
The single topped the Adult Contemporary chart in 1979. It also reached the top ten on both the Hot 100 and the UK singles chart.
As a precursor to his later success as a songwriter, Just When I Needed You Most also reached #71 on the US Country chart. Alabama later recorded two songs written by Randy that each went to the top of the Country chart!
Randy recorded ten more albums but never reached the top forty again, although two of his singles reached #77 and #55 on the Hot 100 in the early eighties. He also released two other singles that reached #53 and #72 on the Country chart in 1988.
They diagnosed Randy with leukemia in 2003 and he died the next year at age 48.
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