Tuesday, 9 May 2017
Randy Tuesdays #4: The Crusader
4. Randy Crawford
While I don't consider myself the world's biggest fan of Veronica 'Randy' Crawford, I had a devil of a time picking this week's Randy Tuesday track. Four or five of her UK hits (despite being American, she never cracked the Billboard chart) have insinuated themselves into my musical back pages to the point where I consider them comfortable old friends, even though I never actually went out and bought a Randy Crawford record. (Well, until today... when I ordered a cheap Greatest Hits just so I could inhale these songs into my record collection.)
The choice was between...
One Day I'll Fly Away: her first big hit. So laid back. Beautifully sad.
You Might Need Somebody: much better than the 90s cover by Shola Ama.
Almaz: has a piano in it, so you know I'm sold. Also reminds me of an old boss who had a name that sounded a bit like 'Almaz', to the point I'd sing at him to take the piss. He was the bloke who gave me my first job in radio, back when it was fun. He never sacked me.
Rainy Night In Georgia: probably the best song Ms. Crawford ever recorded, though I still prefer the Brook Benton original. It's just one of those songs that sends a shiver down my spine.
In the end, I had to settle for this, the track that brought her to fame... even though it was the only record she ever recorded with The Crusaders.