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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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  • Du_fromage

    I'm deeply in love with him.

    29 Sep 5:43pm Reply
  • BatooqSupersoul

    When I get too old, too old to rock and roll, I'll sit in my unrockin' chair babe, and use my remote control

    23 Aug 2:56pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    нет и не было лучше исполнителя городского фолка, тут он даже дилана побил бы легко

    20 Aug 7:12pm Reply
  • BallerCraig

    I'm getting a HIGH with him...

    5 Aug 7:55pm Reply
  • PhoenixBloom

    RIP Harry, amazing artist, missed.

    26 Jun 8:26pm Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    Damn this man has such a golden voice

    12 Jun 6:07pm Reply
  • Bastard1

    I'm beginning to think there's hope for the human race!

    26 Apr 4:43am 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
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