Randy Vanwarmer, really known for the 1978 hit "Just When I Needed You Most", has died in Seattle at the age of 48.
He passed away of complications from leukemia at the University of Washington Medical Centre on Monday night and had been ill for the past year.
His biggest hit "Just When I Needed You Most" spent more than 20 weeks on the Australian chart in 1979, reaching No. 17. In the United States it went to No. 4.
The great Westcoast album "Warmer" reached No. 67 in Australia in 1979 too.
Randy, born May 30, 1955 in Indian Hills, Colorado, has had other hit songs: "All I Have Tonight" (1981) and "Suzi Found A Weapon" (1981) received some airplay.
He recorded 4 albums for Bearsville-Warner Brothers Records between 1979 and 1984. Randy moved to Los Angeles in 1982 with his wife, Suzi Blosser, a former record executive for ABC and Warner Brothers.
After this era, Randy concentrated on songwriting. He has collaborated on several songs like Oak Ridge Boys "I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes" (1984 - number one Country hit in The U.S.A.) and for Alabama "I'm In A Hurry (And I Don't Know Why)" (1992 - also number one Country hit in The States).
Randy Vanwarmer songs have been featured on albums by Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Laura Branigan, Smokie and Billie Joe Royal among others.
Randy Vanwarmer represents several albums (with a few anthologies included).
On his website, here is the following information in the news section:
"Randy's latest project!
Randy's latest project is an album of songs by the great american composer Stephen Foster. Songs you know and love performed in a way you have never heard before. Check this site often for updates and news about when and where it will be available
Randy is gone
In early 2003 Randy was diagnosed with Leukemia and has recently undergone a bone marrow transplant at The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle Washington. There were many complications following the transplant and Randy died in his sleep Monday round midnight. He is the best brother in the whole world and I miss him very very much.
His music is his gift and he gave it to us all.
Ron Vanwarmer January 12, 2004"
1979 - Warmer (Island U.S.A.)
1980 - Terraform (Island U.S.A.)
1981 - Beat of Love (Bearsville U.S.A.)
1983 - Things That You Dream (Bearsville U.S.A.)
1988 - I Am (Capitol U.S.A.)
1990 - Every Now and Then
1994 - The Vital Spark
1995 - Third Child (Demon U.K.)
1996 - Sun Moon and Stars (JVC - Victor Japan)
1998 - Best of (Victor Japan)
2000 - Best of Randy Vanwarmer (Castle Communication U.K.)
? - American Morning, Greatest Hits
? - Terraform