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Name: Randy Newman                                                                       
Birth name: Randall Stuart Newman                                                         
Born: 28 November 1943 Los Angeles, California                                           
Randall Stuart "Randy" Newman (born November 28, 1943) is an Academy Award-               
winning American songwriter, arranger, composer, singer and pianist who is               
notable for his mordant (and often satirical) pop songs and for his many film             
Newman is noted for his practice of writing lyrics from the perspective of a "character" 
far removed from Newman's own biography, often utilizing the literary device of           
an unreliable narrator. For example, the 1972 song "Sail Away" is written as             
slave trader's sales pitch to attract slaves, while the narrator of "Political           
Science" is a U.S. nationalist who complains of worldwide ingratitude toward             
America and proposes a brutally ironic final solution ("Let's drop the big one").         
Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer. His film scores             
include Ragtime, The Natural, Toy Story, Meet the Parents and Seabiscuit. He             
also scored four other Pixar films: A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc.,           
and Cars.                                                                                 
He has also been singled out for a number of awards by his colleagues, including         
an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, four Grammy Awards, and the Governor's Award           
of the recording academy. Randy Newman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall             
of Fame in 2002.