Just When I Needed You Most – Randy Vanwarmer | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#4) & Adult Contemporary (#1); 1979

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

June, 1979 found the Top 10 occupied by the last remnants of disco-flavored singles; among them Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff and Bad Girls, and Anita Ward’s Ring My Bell. Several ballads were also winning fans, including Reunited by Peaches & Herb and a tune by one Randy Vanwarmer. As a boy, Randy’s small town fundamentalist upbringing kept him away from such potentially bad influences as rock ‘n’ roll. Following his father’s death in a car crash, 12 year old Randy moved with his mom to England. And it was while attending St. Austell College, that Randy started singing pop songs in clubs. By the late 1970’s, Randy was back in the U.S., living in Woodstock, N.Y., and recording for the local Bearsville label. Although Just When I Needed You Most was a huge hit, Randy was unable to find a successful follow-up. He did, however, reach #1: as co-writer of Alabama’s I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why).

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Del Newman

Lyrics Written by:

  • Randy VanWarmer
  • Tony Wilson