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Randy Vanwarmer

Best remembered for his 1979 pop smash, "Just When I Needed You Most," singer/songwriter Randy VanWarmer was born March 30, 1955, in Indian Hills, CO. After his father was killed in a 1967 auto accident, VanWarmer and his mother relocated to Cornwall, England; he began writing and performing while in his teens, and upon returning stateside in 1978 settled in Woodstock, NY, soon signing to the local Bearsville label. His debut LP, Warmer, followed in 1979 -- written when VanWarmer was just 18, the single "Just When I Needed You Most" proved the rare pop ballad that could crack disco-dominated radio play lists as the decade drew to a close, reaching the number four spot on the Billboard chart.

His sophomore effort, Terraform, appeared in 1980, trailed a year later by Beat of Love -- neither record was a pop hit, but VanWarmer was gaining increasing industry fame as a composer, especially after his "I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)" topped the country charts for Alabama in 1982. A fourth solo LP, The Things That You Dream, was issued to diminishing commercial returns in 1983, and a year later the Oak Ridge Boys hit number one with his "I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes." VanWarmer relocated to Nashville in 1985 to ply his trade as a country songwriter -- in 1988, he resurfaced as a solo artist with I Am, scoring a pair of country hits with "I Will Hold You" and "Where the Rocky Mountains Touch the Morning Sun." Subsequent efforts include 1990's Every Now and Then, 1994's The Vital Spark, and 1995's Third Child. After a long battle with leukemia, VanWarmer died in Seattle on January 12, 2004. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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I grew up in a girls/boys home my whole life. Music was my Airplane to escape my rough life. I was listening to me radio one night in my bed and that song came on. I cried myself to sleep that night. Just when I needed you most is my all time favorite song for always!!!
Sadness here for our lost BUT He's where The Supreme Party Is Jamming to his delight
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Beautiful song.
I remember reading about him passing away and was really sad about that. I didn't realize he was so young. It's sad we don't have sensitive singers like this anymore. Our culture was so advanced in the 70s that the sensitive male was in and the "real man" was out. Today everyone is a badass and I really think that's one of the reasons music isn't as good.
poetladee
Such a great loss to the recording industry.:( Such a fantastic voice...what a gift he was...gone waaayyyyy too soon.
really brings back memories I miss my old boyfriend.
Such a beautiful voice! :(
I remember first time when I heard that song just when I need you the most and it was so beautiful song..
holt56
RIP Randy, you left us a beautiful song to enjoy.
It's a shame to have lost such a talented artist. One of my all time favorite songs, but is really sad.
shortieconam o u r
I love this song reminds me of all the people that have left me when I needed them most!
I was wondering the same thing
indiangirl7
such a sad song wondering if he was talking about is father that died in a car crash, he's with his dad now God Bless
One of my favorite songs. I always enjoy it everytime I hear it..
The ability to write and perform music that makes you stop and listen, touches you in the innermost parts of your heart. Gone far to soon
What a beautiful song and voice
That song is awesome....P e o p l e seem to leave you just when you need them the most.... :(
They'll be listening to this song 100 years from now....truly timeless.
Just when I has always been one of my favorite songs.
good 70s tune
fyeorg
Music blessed for a lifetime. Listening to the words carry you away.
Listen.
rrodriguez65 0
I always liked his music, so bad he never reached the top. Didn't know about him being gone. God bless him!
I had NO knowlefge of his passing away in '04. He was sooo talented, I will miss him and his songwriting! !
"Just When I Needed You Most" was one of my favorite's growing up.
"just when I needed you most" will live forever
Where are his later albums like Terraform? He was an underrated songwriter and artist and remains a favorite although I prefer his later efforts. His two "Songwriter" albums that came out overseas in 2006 are quite excellent but impossible to find here in the U.S.

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