Randy Newman has long been one of the most musically and lyrically ambitious singer-songwriters in popular music history. By 17 he was a working songwriter and in 1968 he made his debut with Randy Newman. Before long an unusually wide range of artists were recording his songs. Critics lauded the musical depth, edge and literary quality of his lyrics as the 70's brought 12 Songs, Live, the classic Sail Away, brilliant and controversial Good Old Boys and rangy Little Criminals which caught the public's ear with its unlikely novelty hit "Short People." Produced by Lenny Waronker and Russ Titelman, the 1977 release features appearances from a who's who of Newman's contemporaries including Glen Frey, Joe Walsh, J.D. Souther, Waddy Wachtel, Jim Keltner and Ry Cooder. Also home to Newman's often covered classic "Baltimore," Little Criminals became his first Top 10 and highest charting studio album to date.