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Randy Edelman
Born June 10, 1947 (1947-06-10) (age 62)
Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Genres pop, Film score
Occupations Composer, conductor
Instruments Piano
Years active 1973—present

Randy Edelman (born June 10, 1947) is an American film and TV score composer.


Life and career

Edelman was born in Paterson, New Jersey, the son of a first-grade teacher and an accountant.[1] He attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music before heading to New York where he played piano in Broadway pit orchestras. He produced several solo albums of songs (some of which were later recorded by The Carpenters ("I Can't Make Music," "Piano Picker," and "You"), Barry Manilow ("Weekend in New England"), "If Love Is Real" from Olivia Newton-John's Olivia Newton-John and others) before moving to Los Angeles. It was there where Edelman started to work in TV and film scoring.


Musical scores

One of his first film scores was for the 1973 movie Executive Action which put forward an additional version of some theories concerning the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1963.In the mid 1980s, Edelman wrote the theme to, and scored many episodes of MacGyver, a popular television series starring Richard Dean Anderson.

During the 1980s and early 1990s he also collaborated with Ivan Reitman, producing scores for several of his comedies, including Ghostbusters II, Twins, Angels in the Outfield, Kindergarten Cop, and The Mask.

He also produced the scores for the 2008 film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

Scores reused elsewhere

While some of the films scored by Edelman were not commercial successes, the music was often reused elsewhere. Themes he wrote for Dragonheart, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (particularly the movie's love theme Bruce and Linda), Gettysburg and other films have been widely used in TV advertising, film trailers, and during the Academy Awards. In particular, the rousing yet heartwarming theme of Dragon, featured in "The Premiere Of THE BIG BOSS", and "The Dragon's Heartbeat" have become synonymous with tear-jerking films of bittersweet yet triumphant rises to glory, featuring prominently in trailers of films like Patch Adams, The Truman Show, In Love and War and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone film. Themes from his score for Come See The Paradise have been used in film trailers more than cues from any other film soundtrack.[2][3]

NBC Sports

His music from The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. is featured during NBC's Olympic Games coverage when announcing upcoming events. In addition, it was used during NBC's coverage of the 1997 World Series. At the end of the 1996 Summer Olympics, it used the closing music of Gettysburg. In the 1990s, Edelman composed the popular theme music for NBC's NFL telecasts.[4]

Personal life

Edelman has been married to singer Jackie DeShannon since June 3, 1976. Jackie DeShannon was famous for her 1960s hits "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" and What The World Needs Now Is Love. He is Jackie's third husband.

Hit records

Edelman has also achieved chart success with several songs:[5]

  • "Everybody Wants To Find A Bluebird" (March 1975) - US #92
  • "Concrete and Clay" (March 1976) - cover version of the hit for the British pop group Unit 4 + 2 - #11 UK, US "Easy Listening" survey.
  • "Uptown Uptempo Woman" (September 1976) - #25 UK
  • "You" (January 1977) - #49 UK
  • "Nobody Made Me" (July 1982) - #60 UK


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