“Randy VanWarmer (March 30, 1955 – January 12, 2004) was an American songwriter and guitarist. His biggest success was the pop hit, “Just When I Needed You Most”. It reached #8 on the UK Singles Chart in September 1979 after peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart earlier that year. There are several cover versions of this song, including those by Dolly Parton and Smokie.
VanWarmer wrote several songs for the group The Oak Ridge Boys including the #1 U.S. Country hit “I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes.” The song appeared on VanWarmer’s 1981 album Beat of Love, which also included VanWarmer’s 1980s style pop tune “Suzi Found a Weapon”, which hit #55 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981.”
He died of leukemia, aged 48. In line with one of his greatest loves, his cremated remains were sent into space in 2007.” (Ed. SPACE Motherfucker!)