Randy Resnick is a guitarist who developed a “tapping” style in the early 1970s. He also plays upright bass and wind synthesizer. He has played with many blues and jazz luminaries, such as Don “Sugarcane” Harris, John Lee Hooker, John Klemmer, John Mayall and Freddie King. He published a CD of his own music in 1995.
He was born in 1947, and moved from Washington State to St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where he graduated from Park High in 1965. He lived on 25 1/2 Street, and the first person he met in town was Owen Husney.
One of the highlights of Randy’s young life was when he presented a Rickenbacker 12-string guitar to George Harrison at the press conference before the Beatles performance at Met Stadium in 1965. Click Here for that story.
Randy says “I moved to California in about 1969 and eventually played in bars in Orange County. I was kicked out of Disneyland for long hair and refused a refund of my tickets and I never went back.”
His composing career began in 1972 when he co-wrote several songs while a member of the Pure Food and Drug Act.
Randy has his own page on Wikipedia and 170 songs online. He can be reached on Twitter: @randulo
Randy playing with Canned Heat at the 15th Avignon Blues Festival, October 5th, 2012.
Randy wanted to be sure that his brother Art was mentioned, although he presumably never had an encounter with a Beatle. Instead, Art Resnick is (quoting allaboutjazz.com)
a professional jazz pianist and composer who has toured and recorded with some of the best known jazz dignitaries in the world. He has performed and recorded with Freddy Hubbard,Nat Adderly, Benny Golson, James Moody, Eddie Harris, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Bobby Shew, Richie Cole and many more.
He has toured all over Europe, Australia, and the US playing major clubs in New York, LA, Paris, Lisbon, Sydney Australia to name a few.
He also has been on 13 recordings and has two as leader:
The album “Jungleopolis” was released on July 1, 1974.
Resnick Composed and Arranged the album as well as playing Keyboards. It featured:
- Billy Peterson on Bass, Electric Bass, and Clavinet
- Paul F. F. Lagos on Drums
- Robert Rockwell on Flute and Alto Flute
“Conversations” was recorded in 1983 with Peter Ponzol in New York and released in Germany. Resnick and Ponzol produced the album and composed the songs. In addition to Resnick’s piano, Ponzol provided saxophone and flute.