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Harry Nilsson

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Brooklyn NY, United States (1941 – 1994)

Harry Edward Nilsson III (born June 15, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York - died January 15, 1994), sometimes credited simply as Nilsson, was an American with a three octave vocal range. He won Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Male Vocal Performance for “Everybody’s Talkin’” (1970) and “Without You” (1973), also his two biggest hits. Although both the aforementioned songs were composed by others, he was a talented songwriter in his own right, having written “One”, a hit single for Three Dog Night. His early offerings are oft compared to The Beatles period; indeed, The Beatles were themselves outspoken fans of Nilsson, helping him early on in his career.

Nilsson’s work has seen much use in film; notably, “Everybody’s Talking” (originally written by Fred Neil) featured prominently in Midnight Cowboy. “Without You” (originally written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans of Badfinger) also appeared in The Rules of Attraction. Nilsson wrote and performed the music for the 1971 animated television film The Point!; some versions of the film features narration by Ringo Starr, one of Nilsson’s closest friends. Other films that have utilized Nilsson songs include Goodfellas, Reservoir Dogs, and You’ve Got Mail.

Nilsson died unexpectedly of heart failure in 1994, after a night of recording for what was intended to be his first studio album in over a decade, provisionally titled Papa’s Got a Brown New Robe. Nilsson remains a beloved artist amongst songwriters themselves, being the subject of a tribute cover album featuring such luminaries as Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, and Ringo Starr.

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  • BallerCraig

    Creamy, yum-yum...

    28 Mar 5:15pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    автор потрясающих песен, не зря его так леннон отмечал. настоящий певец Нью-Йорка!

    28 Feb 5:22am Reply
  • sternenfee0

    •´*`•.¸.•´*`•.•´*`•.Ich Liebe dieses Lied!!¸.•´*`•.•´*`•.¸.•´*`•.•´*`•.¸

    3 Feb 10:22am Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Oldies №60 - http://oldies.saltyknuckles.net/2014-03/

    17 Jan 8:31am Reply
  • Bastard1

    It was twenty years ago today.

    15 Jan 7:56pm Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    Bom dimais.

    10 Jan 2:35am Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    A nice oldie Loved it Rich ( Mrsongbird )

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    AERIAL BALLET!!!! *.*

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • iagomelo2

    Genius, sounds like beatles, sometimes ... But it is very different, I don't know ... NICE! I'll listen more...

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • FridaLouise

    Fishmonk, you're not the only one who's thought of that.

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Bastard1

    But if everyone was happy... there'd never be a love song.

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Fishmonk

    I wish, instead of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Nilsson would have formed a supergroup with Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks, and Brian WIlson

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    this voice drives me crazy

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • blossomtoe

    My dear missus just bought me the RCA box set for my birthday, and what an absolute joy it is. Beautifully put together and designed, with a whole host of brilliant bonus tracks (including some great live appearances on BBC radio). And the remastering really makes a difference - everything feels crystal clear and fresh. If you can afford it (and for what you get, it's not a bad price), I'd highly recommend forking out.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Tenozuma

    I finally got around to watching the 'Who is Harry Nilsson and Why Is Everyone Talkin' About Him?' documentary. It makes it a lot more painful to listen to his music. :(

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • FridaLouise

    'Harry' is thoroughly enjoyable, I enjoy 'Nilsson sings Newman' as well.

    30 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Guipreissler

    Gods, how I bless the moment Last.fm recommended me Nilsson. Guess there are two types of people in this world: those who love Harry Nilsson, and those who never heard of him.

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • turntostone2

    I picked up the box set. I'm not "overly rich" but I treated myself because, hey, it's Nilsson. Set is great and quite a bargain, considering you get 17 discs. I don't know what retail price is but I got it for under $100 USD. The cases are actually mini replicas of the LP jackets, so they are very cool. Sounds great as well.

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Bastard1

    Yes... overly rich people.

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
  • PhoenixBloom

    Has anyone got the newly released RCA box set? I'm going to get it but I don't like those new slip case type things that the discs are in!

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
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