Randy Vanwarmer and Tony Wilson

Just When I Needed You Most


Musicians on the Warmer/Terraform album: Randy Vanwarmer and others.

The widow of singer-songwriter Randy VanWarmer sued Warner/Chappell Music Publishing on Monday for the rights to VanWarmer's hit song "Just When I Needed You Most."

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.

Musicians on the Songwriter Vol.2 album: Randy Vanwarmer and others.

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Musicians on the Songwriter album: Randy Vanwarmer and others.

Susan VanWarmer, who lives in Williamson County, sent Warner/Chappell a termination notice for the use of the song in 2011. "Just When I Needed You Most" was Randy VanWarmer's best-known song, and it's been covered by the likes of Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and Tim McGraw.

Randy VanWarmer (March 30, 1955 – January 12, 2004) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His biggest success was the pop hit, "Just When I Needed You Most". It reached #8 on the UK Singles Chart in September 1979 after peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks earlier that year.