|BMI songwriter Denny Randell (center) is congratulated by BMI's Charlie Feldman and Phil Graham. Photo by Dana Rodriguez|
All three songs were co-written with two of Randell's then collaborators, BMI writers Sandy Linzer and Bob Crewe, who joined them on "Let's Hang On."
Other hits written by Randell include such diverse tunes as "Native New Yorker," performed by Odyssey and appearing on the soundtracks to Eyes of Laura Mars, 54 and Sex and the City, the Four Season's "Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)," Frankie Valli's solo "Swearin' to God," Smashmouth's "Can't Get Enough of You Baby" and "Pass the Courvoisier" by Busta Rhymes featuring P. Diddy.
Based on an average song length of three minutes, one million spins is the equivalent of 50,000 hours, or 5.7 years of continuous airplay; multiply that by 12 and Randell's songs have been heard on American television and radio for more than 68 years nonstop.