Interview: Randy Thornton (His career with Disney Music)

Randy Thornton with Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman
Randy Thornton with Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman

Randy Thornton is a Grammy Award winning record producer for Walt Disney Records. In addition to producing many of their albums including tributes to the Sherman Brothers, Annette Funicello, the Disney pavilions of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and Disney theme park official albums, Randy is also responsible for not only producing but restoring, preserving, and in some cases, saving the original Disney classic soundtracks that were produced by Walt Disney himself.  Enjoy additional images below.

 

Randy Thornton at work at Walt Disney Records
Randy Thornton at work at Walt Disney Records
Some of the Disney albums Randy worked on
Some of the Disney albums Randy worked on

AUDIO INDEX

2:49 One of Randy Thornton’s favorite Disney memories – it involved Scott Wolf, Michael Leon, Robbie Sherman and the Academy Award winning songwriter Robert B. Sherman

3:33 Randy’s start with Disney at Walt Disney Records; After studying at Art Center, he began working as a clerk in the music department I 1987; A little about Ron Kidd, director of product development

8:53 Characters at the studio on Randy’s birthday; Accessing the master tapes in the vault, being told to throw them out

11:40 Disney’s read-along albums, writing the stories for the “Alf” read-alongs, based on the television comedy series; “Alf” producer Tom Patchett likes Randy’s stories

15:24 CD technology was new; Randy was determining quality of Disney audio tracks for new Disney Classics CD releases, two of Disney’s earliest CDs; Inspired to do a “Mary Poppins” soundtrack CD; Discovering Sherman Brothers demo of songs intended for the “Mary Poppins” movie; Randy takes unique measures to get best quality audio on the first “Mary Poppins” CD and getting to remix the original music tracks for it; Possibly the first remastered soundtrack ever

25:23 Randy produces his first album, the “Jungle Book” CD in 1990; Began working with the Sherman Brothers; Working with Tutti Camarata; A little history about Tutti; Disneyland Vista Records becomes Walt Disney Records, and then for a year splits into Walt Disney Records for music and spoken word would be Disney Audio Entertainment

27:44 Michael Leon was producing “Pinocchio” soundtrack CD; Discovering original “Pinocchio” original music sessions including “When You Wish Upon a Star,” despite that many of the original soundtracks got destroyed; Collaborating with the film restoration on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

35:02 Creating listening experiences out of film soundtracks; The start of all the classic Disney soundtracks getting restored

Randy Thornton with Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman
Randy Thornton with Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman

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