The Second Disc remembers songwriter Randy Myers (1947-2021). Randy co-wrote over two dozen songs including “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” the 1969 pop standard co-written and introduced by his sister, singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon, and since recorded by a host of legendary artists including Dolly Parton, The Isley Brothers, and Andy Williams – not to mention more unexpected names such as Leonard Nimoy, Bill Murray, and the cast of television’s The Flash. The Second Disc extends its condolences to Randy Myers’ family.
Randy James Myers, beloved son, brother and friend, passed away in Beverly Hills, California on March 10, 2021.
Born to James Erwin Myers and Sandra Jeanne Myers in the farming community of Hazel, Kentucky on April 23, 1947, Randy moved to the suburbs of Chicago in the early 1950s with his parents and sister Sharon, who would later be known as singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon.
By the early 1960s, the Myers family relocated to Los Angeles in support of his sister’s burgeoning career. Graduating from Hollywood High School, Randy furthered his musical talents as both a drummer and a songwriter. His band, Raga and The Talas, released the garage rock record My Group and Me in 1965.
In 1969, Put a Little Love in Your Heart, co-written by Myers with his sister and Jimmy Holiday, became a million-selling, Grammy-nominated record for DeShannon. The iconic anthem became an international classic and has been performed by dozens of other artists including Dolly Parton, Al Green and Annie Lennox, Gladys Knight & The Pips and The Dave Clark Five. Two additional Myers-DeShannon-Holiday hit collaborations followed with Love Will Find a Way and Brighton Hill.
Among Myers’ other co-compositions are Bad Water, River of Love, You Are the Real Thing, What Was Your Day Like, Mediterranean Sky, Sooner or Later, Movin’, Livin’ on the Easy Side, Francoise, and When Morning Comes Again.
Myers’ musical endeavors also included serving as road manager for his sister’s touring performances and handling administrative duties for her song publishing company.
He is survived by his sister, brother-in-law and nephew. Services will be held at South Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Murray, Kentucky at a date to be announced. Remembrances may be viewed and posted at the following link: Randy James Myers Obituary – Visitation & Funeral Information (imesfh.com).