The New Jersey native developed an early love for music, playing piano and writing original songs at age14. After forging a reputation as an arranger for local bands he was hired by James Brown to orchestrate for King Records and then by then-executive Tony Orlando as a CBS staff writer. Meanwhile, he continued his musical career as a keyboardist in the Broadway production of The Boyfriend and as an arranger and conductor on other projects before ultimately recording his own music.
In 1972 Edelman opened for The Carpenters, who recorded two of his songs, and appeared with Frank Zappa. Concurrent with his growing popularity in England amidst concerts and television appearances, his music was recorded in the U.S. by such stars as Patti La Belle, Olivia Newton John, Bing Crosby, Nancy Wilson and Barry Manilow, who had a hit with Edelman's Weekend in New England. Also active in television, Edelman scored such series as Ryan's Four, Maximum Security, Mr. Sunshine and MacGyver, as well as a number of telefilms including Bloodsport, Walk, Don't Run and the recent ABC project Losing a Sister. His music for Gettysburg and his NFL Sports Theme were featured in opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics and he was honored with an Emmy Award for his contribution to NBC's coverage of the Games.
He is currently working on Martin Lawrence's new film, Black Night.
Randy Edelman Facts
|June 10, 1947 (76)
|Paterson, New Jersey, USA
|My Cousin Vinny