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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 May 1937Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 21 November 2003Orlando, Florida, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameAlessandro Carmelo Randazzo

Mini Bio (1)

Rock singer Teddy Randazzo appeared in four major rock films: The Girl Can't Help It (1956), Rock Rock Rock! (1956), Mister Rock and Roll (1957) and Hey, Let's Twist! (1961). He wrote the 1959 Steve Lawrence hit "Pretty Blue Eyes" and the 1963 hit "Have You Looked Into Your Heart?" by Jerry Vale. Beginning his career singing with with The Three Chuckles, his first hit was "Runaround" on Boulevard Records, followed by "Foolishly" on the X record label. Teddy's later releases on the Vik label (a subsidiary of RCA) were featured in the films "Rock Rock Rock!" and "Mister Rock and Roll". His biggest solo hit was "The Way Of a Clown", recorded for ABC-Paramount in 1960. He continued to record his own material and also became a producer for Colpix Records in the early 1960s. A number of years later Teddy teamed up with his best friend in the music business, producer Don Costa, to write, produce and arrange music for Costa's DCP label. The results of this relationship were classics like "Goin' Out Of My Head", "Take Me Back", "Hurt So Bad" and "I'm On The Outside Looking In", all performed by Little Anthony and the Imperials. More hits followed and Teddy never stopped writing, arranging and singing. Artists who recorded his songs include Frank Sinatra, The Lettermen and Linda Ronstadt, among many others.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Russ Ross (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (2)

Rosemary "Shelly" Kunewa (1978 - 21 November 2003) (his death) (5 children)
Victoria Pike (? - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (2)

His group, The Three Chuckles, worked a lot, but did not find much commercial success. He did co-write a number of songs by Brook Benton, including "Kiddio", which he himself performed in the film Mister Rock and Roll (1957).
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.

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