Tickets are still available for songwriting legend's July 26 appearance
For someone with six Grammys, three Emmys, two Oscars, a star on Hollywood Boulevard and — as of this April — a spot in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, Randy Newman keeps a surprisingly low profile.
That's good news for music fans, because tickets are still available to see this American master July 26 as part of the Oregon Zoo's summer concert series. (Better get them quickly though: Tickets for the past four zoo shows have sold out — as has the upcoming "Weird Al" Yankovic concert on July 18.)
Though he's only made the Top 40 once — with the oft-misunderstood "Short People," a No. 2 smash in 1977 — Newman is far from a one-hit wonder, and his impact on popular music has been huge. "I Think It's Going to Rain Today," a song from Newman's 1968 debut LP, is a bona fide standard, recorded dozens of times by everyone from Dusty Springfield to Nina Simone to UB40 to Peter Gabriel.
In 1970, Harry Nilsson recorded a whole LP's worth of Newman's songs — Nilsson Sings Newman — and Three Dog Night scored a No. 1 hit that same year with "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)," a tune off Newman's second album, 12 Songs. His best-known song might be "I Love L.A.," which first gained notice during the early days of MTV and has remained popular — especially at Los Angeles-area sporting events — ever since.
Chances are the kids in your life know more than a handful of his songs too: Scooter and Fozzie's rendition of "Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear" was a Muppet Show favorite, and Newman's music is also prominent in the soundtracks to Pixar hits like A Bug's Life, Cars, all three Toy Story movies and Monsters, Inc. (His two Oscars are for Toy Story 3 and Monsters, Inc.)
Tickets to the Randy Newman concert can be purchased at the zoo or online at zooconcerts.com. The zoo's 2013 summer concert series runs through early September, with performances by LeAnn Rimes, Indigo Girls, Trombone Shorty, Lee Brice, Los Lobos, Chris Isaak, the Doobie Brothers and more.