As a musician, composer, arranger, music director, and record producer, Don Randi has thrilled music lovers for years, even if they weren’t aware of it. During the explosive pop music era of the 1960s and early 1970s, Don was one of a remarkable group of studio musicians who began in Phil Spector’s famous “Wall of Sound” and were later dubbed the “Wrecking Crew.”
He played keyboards on over a thousand recordings, including iconic songs like “ABC,” “Good Vibrations,” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” Now, for the first time in print, this veteran musician and master storyteller presents the stories behind the songs.
“You’ve Heard These Hands” brings together Don Randi’s fascinating, heartfelt, and hilarious recollections. Nancy Sinatra (and father Frank), the Beach Boys, the Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., and Linda Ronstadt are among the many music legends found in the book. Don tells of life in the studio and on the road, with triumphs, mishaps, hi jinks, family bonds, and enduring friendships—but most of all, the excitement of making great music with some of the greatest artists who ever lived.
For many years, only music industry insiders, close friends and jazz fans who visit Don’s nightclub, The Baked Potato (in Studio City), have heard him tell some of the stories included in the book.
Now everyone can read the in-studio, behind-the-scenes and on-tour tales from the man whose hands we’ve heard playing on our favorite hit tunes. “You’ve Heard These Hands” will capture the attention and emotion of its readers as they find Don’s stories impossible to resist sharing with their friends.
October 27: Nashville TN, The Musicians Hall of Fame, screening of “The Wrecking Crew” 7:00pm with Q&A after the film and DVD and book signings with Don Randi and "The Wrecking Crew" director Denny Tedesco.
November 7: Performance and book signing event with Don Randi at Barnes & Noble, Jensen Beach FL for “You’ve Heard These Hands.” Time 5:00pm
November 14: Performance by Don Randi and Quest and book signing event at Barnes & Noble Valencia, CA @ 2PM. Come enjoy live music and Don Randi’s stories from “You’ve Heard These Hands.”
November 19: Special book event with Don Randi and Quest at the Musicians Union Local 47 in Hollywood. 6:30pm to 8:30pm, “You’ve Heard These Hands” will be available for sale. Refreshments will be served.