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.
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
One thought on “Interview: Randy Thornton (His career with Disney Music)”
Any chance of doing the LIVE ACTION FILMS like Davy Crockett, Swiss family Robinson, ZORRO, The story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men? Elton Haywood deserves his singing on a SOUNDTRACK from the film. All the beautiful music from Disney films and nothing out there.
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