Rock & Roll and Rock, Rock, Rock. It was as a songwriter and producer, most notably for Little Anthony & the Imperials, that Teddy Randazzo excelled. His 800+ registered compositions consisted mainly of collaborations with lyricists Bobby Weinstein, Bobby Hart, Lou Stallman, Victoria Pike, and Roger Joyce. With Weinstein, he wrote a string of major hits for Little Anthony, including 'Goin' Out Of My Head' and 'Hurt So Bad'. When the Lettermen combined those two songs in a medley, they became pop classics, recorded by a gamut of industry giants, from Frank Sinatra to Dionne Warwick.
According to BMI, 'Goin' Out Of My Head' accumulated more than 6 million radio plays, whilst 'Hurt So Bad' which also lists Hart as a co-writer, received in excess of 4 million. Randazzo and Weinstein's 'It's Gonna Take A Miracle' (co-written with Stallman), originally recorded by the Royalettes, was also successful for Laura Nyro and Deniece Williams. He also ran his own labels, Satin and Buttercup. According to Weinstein, he and Randazzo were in the process of writing a song called 'I Never Got The Chance To Say Goodbye' at the time of his death.
Randazzo is survived by his wife Shelly, 4 sons and 3 daughters. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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