Songwriter Randy VanWarmer Dead at 48

The Nashville music industry is mourning the loss of Randy VanWarmer, who enjoyed success as a pop artist before becoming a successful country songwriter. VanWarmer, 48, died Monday (Jan. 12) at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle following a yearlong battle with leukemia. He is best known for his 1979 pop hit, “Just When I Needed You Most.” A Colorado native, VanWarmer lived in England, New York City and Los Angeles before moving to Nashville in 1985. As a songwriter, his country hits include Alabama’s 1992 chart-topping “I’m in a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)” and the Oak Ridge Boys’ 1984 No. 1 single, “I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes.” More recently, VanWarmer and Neal Coty co-wrote “Playboys of the Southwestern World,” a single from Blake Shelton’s 2003 album, The Dreamer.