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Randy VanWarmer

Guitarist-songwriter-singer

Randy VanWarmer, guitarist-songwriter-singer who wrote and recorded the hit “Just When I Needed You Most” and had a successful songwriting career, died Jan. 12 in Seattle at the U. of Washington Medical Center, where he was being treated for leukemia. He was 48 and had been ill for about a year.

“Just When I Needed You Most” reached No. 4 on Billboard’s pop chart in 1979. He was 18 when he penned it.

He also wrote “I’m in a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why),” a No. 1 hit by country group Alabama in 1992, and “I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes,” No. 1 by the Oak Ridge Boys in 1984.

Indian Hills, Colo., native moved to England with his mother when he was 12 after his father was killed in an auto accident. He began singing and making demo tapes as a teen and wrote “Just When I Needed You Most” before moving back to the U.S. in 1979.

He lived first in upstate New York and later Los Angeles before moving to Nashville in 1985.

He recently recorded a duet with country singer Razzy Bailey, “Sandcastles,” due to be released this spring.

Information on survivors and services was not available.

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