Randy Newman - Falling In Love [Single/Album Version]Details

"I'd started on Tom's album by [the time I started work on Randy Newman's Falling In Love]. We'd already done about three or four tracks [for Tom Petty]. Done about three or tracks on that. And then it was Lenny [Waranker] again, who-- from Warners-- who said, 'How'd you like to do a Randy Newman song?' It was already written and Randy was really not going to include it, I don't think, 'cause he couldn't find a way of playing it the way he liked. So I went 'round there again like this, selling vacuum cleaners and 'Hello? Mr. Newman? It's your procuder.' Y'know, it's a really weird thing. And the he opens the door and he sit down at the piano. I got me guitar out and just started strumming along with it, along with his piano. And he goes, 'Yeah! It's like a hit guitar number. It's great. It sounds great.' Because I'm just strumming, y'know, the acoustic. And, um, we finally got an arrangement for it. And then went 'round to the garage again, 'garage' [with an American accent] as they say here, to-- we used Mike Campbell's garage for most things, which is a really good studio. Not, uh... None of all the... All the million dollar equipment. It's just regular, ordinary gear, which is great. I love that. And, um, we laid it down. Did the piano in his living room and all over the house, there's bits of music going down. And it came out real nice. I'm really happy with it. Um, so that was yet another thing. It was like learning how to be [unintelligible]. You really have to sort of become part of their little world. And then you go out to dinner with Randy and he's really funny. And he's a fabulous songwriter. Brilliant."
Jeff Lynne (circa early 1989 - Saturday Sequence BBC Radio 1 interview by Roger Scott)

"Also worth a listen is Randy Newman's LP Land Of Dreams (Warner Bros WX-212) for the Jeff-produced Falling In Love, as well as his backing vocals on the LP's lead single, It's Money That Matters. Jeff is repaying the compliment(?) Randy paid to ELO when he wrote his hilarious ELO parody The Story Of A Rock 'n' Roll Band on his 1978 Born Again LP."
Andrew Whiteside (Early 1989 - Face The Music fanzine #5)

"Randy Newman serenaded ELO-- mentioning the group and three of its songs-- in The Story Of A Rock And Roll Band on his 1979 Born Again album. A decade later, Lynne returned the favor, producing Falling In Love for Newman's Land Of Dreams [album]."
Ira Robbins (1990 liner notes for Afterglow)

"Emerging, these days, as something of a sound surgeon, how does Lynne go about this 'consultancy' work? 'It depends whose the song is[, Jeff Lynne states.] If I sit down and write the song with them, the production becomes apparent in the first hour or so. But with Randy Newman, he already had this song: Falling In Love (which appears on the 1988 Land Of Dreams album). What a character he is, always putting himself down. He wanted a different angle on one of his tracks, he wanted some guitar style. So I went round to his house, like this vacuum-cleaner salesman, with my guitar in my case: Hello? Mr Newman? I've come to do the drains.' The irony in Lynne being teamed with Randy Newman will strike anyone who recalls a song off the latter's 1979 Born Again album. Called The Story Of A Rock And Roll Band, the track has Newman hymning the praises of ELO: I love their Mr Blue Skies/Almost my favourite is Turn To Stone/And how 'bout Telephone Line?/I love that ELO. Newman's style being what it is, the song was widely assumed to be sarcastic. 'Of course the press as usual said, Oh, it's him slagging off ELO,' Lynne agrees, 'but I got to know Randy very well and I said, What was that about? He goes, Oh, I had a terrible trouble with that. I was going to send you a copy and see what you thought. I said, Was it a nice song or what? Was it a tribute? He says, Yeah, absolutely, I really loved them records. So there was no other side to it - he really liked it and I think he was just being silly.'"\Author Unknown (June 1990 - from a transcribed interview of unknown origin)

"Now WEA asked Jeff once again to do a production job. For Jeff it had become more and more a 'vacuum cleaner salesman job' who offered everybody his help and experience. Jeff: 'I'd started on Tom's album by then. I'd probably done about three or four tracks on that and then it was Lenny again from Warners who said: How would you like to do a Randy Newman song? It was already written and Randy was not really going to include it [on his album], I don't think, because he couldn't find a way of playing it the way he liked. I went 'round there again, like this, with me vacuum cleaners and said: Hello Mr. Newman... it's your producer! Then he opens the door and sat down at the piano... and then he goes: Yeah, it's a guitar number! It's great, sounds great! We finally got an arrangement for it and then went 'round to 'the garage'-- We used Campbell's garage for most things, which is a really good studio. None of your million-dollar equipment and stuff, it's just regular ordinary gear, which is great. I love that. We laid it down, did the piano in his living room-- all over the house, there were bits of music going down-- and it came out real nice. I'm really happy with it.'"
Patrik Guttenbacher, Marc Haines, & Alexander von Petersdorff (1996 Unexpected Messages)

"On the thing [producer] Jeff Lynne cut of mine, Falling In Love, we did it all in Mike Campbell's garage, Tom Petty's guitar player. Petty was there, and we were going to do background voices. I said, 'I can't really do that.' I look at [Don] Henley or these guys doing it, and I can't sing in tune like that. And Petty says to me, 'No, you can do it. With Jeff, I didn't think I could do it either, but when I did it with Jeff, we could do it.' So I got in there, and there was Petty, and Campbell, and we were all going to make our 'oohs.' So I put my hand over my ears like I'd seen people do (laughs), and the thing came up, and I went, 'Uungh," and this went on for a while, and I saw Jeff Lynne shaking his head like he smelled something bad. And he looked over at me, and it was a look of, 'Are you putting us on? Are you kidding?' It had a little pity in it, but it was mainly like, 'You're joking, aren't you?' So we did it again, and I went 'Aaah,' and apparently he had never heard anyone that bad. So he just said, 'Maybe you better sit this one out.' So you can't help but getting smacked no matter how far you go."
Randy Newman (November 1, 1998 - OffBeat)

"A decade after [Randy Newman recorded The Story Of A Rock And Roll Band], Lynne was in Newman's corner to produce the song Falling In Love on his Land Of Dreams album."
Unknown (October 2000 - Flashback press kit)

"Just Jeff and I alone, we were singing on other people's records, singing with Randy Newman [Falling In Love, from Land Of Dreams]. We played the track to that, sang the harmonies, Jeff produced it."
Tom Petty (November 1, 2005 - Conversations With Tom Petty)

"[Tom Petty and I] worked together on a track for a record of mine and he worked harder than I did."
Randy Newman (March 20, 2006 - Billboard)

"Also in 1988, Jeff was contacted by Lenny Waronker from Warner Brothers with the offer to work on a song for Randy Newman, Falling In Love Again [sic], on his forthcoming album, Land Of Dreams. Randy had almost decided not to include it as he was dissatisfied with the result. Randy, Jeff recalled, was another real character, always putting himself down. 'He wanted a different angle on one of his tracks, he wanted some guitar style. So I went round to his house, like this vacuum-cleaner salesman, with my guitar in my case: Hello? Mr Newman? I’ve come to do the drains.' Randy sat down at his piano, and Jeff took his acoustic guitar out and started strumming along; they worked out an arrangement, and took their ideas back to MC Studios—‘a really good studio—none of your million-dollar equipment, and stuff, it’s just regular ordinary gear.’ Having laid the basic track down there, they added piano in the living room. 'So that was yet another thing—it was like learning how to be in their world for a bit—you sort of have to become part of their little world. You go to dinner with Randy, and he’s really funny, and he’s a fabulous songwriter.'"
John Van der Kiste (August 2015 - Jeff Lynne: Electric Light Orchestra - Before and After)

"Yeah, [working with Randy Newman] wasn't really much of a natural fit (laughs). He is certainly different from me. But I loved Randy, I loved his tunes. They're all of a certain style, but I love his drawl, the way he drawls out the language. That song with Randy [Falling In Love] was recorded in a bedroom and bathroom belonging to the Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell. That's where it was done, as was all of Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever."
Jeff Lynne (December, 2015 - MOJO magazine)

"The same thing [an issue with other musicians] happened to me when I was recording at Petty’s guitar player’s [Mike Campbell] house with [producer] Jeff Lynne and it was time for background voices. I sat in the corner and said 'I can’t do it' and Petty said, 'No, you can, I never thought I could sing background either but with Jeff, you can do it.' So I go 'Okay' and we were standing around the mic and and I went 'Aaahhhh' and it was the same look! 'He’s really funny!' I had to give it a pass. I do some things very well, I canwrite and I conduct not badly, but I cannot sing background vocals."
Randy Newman (July 13, 2017 - Variety)


  • Running Time: 3:01
  • Record Date: 1987 or 1988
  • Record Location: MC Studios (Mike Campbell's garage), Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Written By: Randy Newman
  • Produced By: Jeff Lynne
  • Engineered By: Frank Wolf and/or Mark Linett and/or Neil Dorfsman and/or Jack Puig and/or Elliot Shiner and/or Bob Schaper
  • Performed By: Randy Newman (vocals, piano, keyboards, background vocals, rhythm arrangement), Jeff Lynne (keyboards, guitar, bass, background vocals, rhythm arrangement, vocal arrangement), Tom Petty (guitar, background vocals), Mike Campbell (guitar), Phil Jones (drums)

  • Released On:
    • Land Of Dreams LP album (1988 September 27 — USA — Reprise 9 25773 1)
    • Land Of Dreams CD album (1988 September 27 — USA — Reprise 9 25773 2)
    • Falling In Love 7" single (1988 — UK — Reprise W 7578)
    • Falling In Love 12" single (1988 — UK — Reprise W 7578(T))
    • Falling In Love 7" single (1988 September — USA — Reprise 7-27586)
    • Falling In Love CD promo single (1988 September — USA — Reprise PRO-CD-3397)

  • Top UK Chart Position: - Did not chart
  • Top US Chart Position: - Did not chart

  • Used in the Film or TV Program: Her Alibi (1987)