RANDY NEWMAN Johnny Cutler’s Birthday (1973) – Live-In-The-Studio Demos For Good Old Boys

Randy Newman Demo BoxJohnny Cutler’s Birthday (1973)
Live In The Studio: The Good Old Boys Demos

On February 1st, 1973, Randy Newman sat down with producer Russ Titelman to record demos for his 4th album, Good Old Boys – Newman’s acerbic crucifixion of the post-Depression South. These legendary studio-quality tapes show that Newman’s initial concept was very different from the album he would eventually end up with. They also capture Newman’s complete storyline – designed to include segues, sound effects and dialog – which Randy often comically details. At its heart, this is a Broadway show composer’s “backer’s demo,” an audition of songs, snippets and ideas… including some that wouldn’t make the final cut. All the more entertaining because the performance – just Randy at the piano – is so seemingly off-the-cuff. You can just imagine Titelman mentally checking off all of the lost consumer demographics (and airplay) when first hearing the song, “Rednecks.” These tapes are so good, they were added as bonus tracks to the 2002 reissue of Good Old Boys, HERE, at Amazon. There’s more Randy to be had HERE.

If We Didn’t Have Jesus


The Joke


My Daddy Knew Dixie Howell



Good Morning

Birmingham Redux

Doctor, Doctor

Albanian Anthem



  • Capt. Willard
    June 20, 2007 - 16:05 | Permalink

    Search HERE..

  • Anonymous
    June 21, 2007 - 23:29 | Permalink

    again, the cream, and especially after townshend.. wow!!

  • Anonymous
    June 22, 2007 - 05:10 | Permalink

    Gardenias and little arms !

    Your blog is excellent..cheers to your good taste, and thank you very much.

  • Anonymous
    June 22, 2007 - 09:44 | Permalink

    Verrrry nizzzzze!
    A request: do you have the original/alternate Steely Dan "Gaucho" recordings to hand? Just wondering …!

  • drfeelgoed
    June 24, 2007 - 00:05 | Permalink

    great post again, thanks!

  • Capt. Willard
    June 24, 2007 - 00:11 | Permalink

    Hey Doc,

    Good to hear from you again. Still have the track you kindly sent and plan to use it in the future. Thanks for stopping by.

  • brandumb
    June 26, 2007 - 00:26 | Permalink

    Ahh…thanks for this. How about a week of Randy?

  • Anonymous
    July 7, 2007 - 02:55 | Permalink

    I know there must be some of Randy's publishing demos from the '60's floating around .. got any leads?

    -Josh Norton

  • jlb418
    August 15, 2007 - 16:19 | Permalink

    thanks for posting this you don't see much of Randy Newman posted on any blogs

  • buster
    February 5, 2008 - 04:42 | Permalink

    thanks for upping this revelation on an already inspirational album!

  • Weekend Hippie
    April 20, 2009 - 19:36 | Permalink

    Wow, what a great listing you have here. These are the things that collectors seach for, and in diverse musical styles. Truely one top dog blogs!

    Many thanks for your great taste in music, and all your hard work!

  • Capt. Willard
    April 22, 2009 - 00:59 | Permalink

    Thanks for all the comments.

  • carson napier
    April 14, 2012 - 15:27 | Permalink

    Hi Capt , just to say thanks for all the fantastic stuff you’ve posted here . The ‘Bob’ stuff alone is just massive . Thanks again…

  • January 7, 2016 - 03:17 | Permalink

    Thanks for Randy, nice post!

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