Teddy Randazzo, a singer/songwriter who wrote more than 600 songs, died on Nov. 21. Cause of death was not released. He was 68.
Randazzo was a 15-year-old accordion player when he became lead singer of the band, The Three Chuckles. The group appeared on the “Ed Sullivan Show” seven times, and in several movies like “Hey, Let’s Twist” and “Mister Rock and Roll.” Their first hit, “Runaround,” sold more than 1 million copies.
Although the Brooklyn native became one of the first rock icons, Randazzo was best known for his songwriting skills. He and co-writer Bob Weinstein wrote “Pretty Blue Eyes,” a No. 1 song for Steve Lawrence. They also penned the songs “Goin’ Out of My Head,” “Hurt So Bad” and “I’m on the Outside Looking In,” all of which became Top 20 hits for Little Anthony & the Imperials. “Hurt So Bad” actually topped the charts twice more when The Lettermen and Linda Ronstadt covered it. Frank Sinatra and Dionne Warwick also sang versions of the break-up ballad.
Both Randazzo and Weinstein have been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.