History Music / HarryNilsson

2nd Jan '17 3:58:35 PM Xtifr
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'''Harry Edward Nilsson III''' (June 15, 1941 January 15, 1994), sometimes credited as simply Nilsson, was an American [[SingerSongwriter singer/songwriter]] with a versatile voice that boasted multiple octaves in its prime. An idiosyncratic, savvy composer with a unique flair for CloudCuckooland-ishness, his career saw him going from clean-cut baroque pop prodigy to scruffy, carousing pop-rocker. Rather uniquely for the period, he was a ReclusiveArtist who seldom, if ever, performed live, his career sustained by little else than his recorded output.

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'''Harry Harry Edward Nilsson III''' III (June 15, 1941 January 15, 1994), sometimes credited as simply Nilsson, was an American [[SingerSongwriter singer/songwriter]] with a versatile voice that boasted multiple octaves in its prime. An idiosyncratic, savvy composer with a unique flair for CloudCuckooland-ishness, his career saw him going from clean-cut baroque pop prodigy to scruffy, carousing pop-rocker. Rather uniquely for the period, he was a ReclusiveArtist who seldom, if ever, performed live, his career sustained by little else than his recorded output.
23rd Oct '16 3:20:40 PM bwburke94
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Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 January 15, 1994), sometimes credited as simply Nilsson, was an American [[SingerSongwriter singer/songwriter]] with a versatile voice that boasted multiple octaves in its prime. An idiosyncratic, savvy composer with a unique flair for CloudCuckooland-ishness, his career saw him going from clean-cut baroque pop prodigy to scruffy, carousing pop-rocker. Rather uniquely for the period, he was a ReclusiveArtist who seldom, if ever, performed live, his career sustained by little else than his recorded output.

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Harry '''Harry Edward Nilsson III III''' (June 15, 1941 January 15, 1994), sometimes credited as simply Nilsson, was an American [[SingerSongwriter singer/songwriter]] with a versatile voice that boasted multiple octaves in its prime. An idiosyncratic, savvy composer with a unique flair for CloudCuckooland-ishness, his career saw him going from clean-cut baroque pop prodigy to scruffy, carousing pop-rocker. Rather uniquely for the period, he was a ReclusiveArtist who seldom, if ever, performed live, his career sustained by little else than his recorded output.



** He wrote and recorded an original Christmas song called "Give, Love, Joy" for the ''[[{{ComicStrip/Ziggy}} Ziggy's Gift]]'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBLWCsI4ig8 TV special]] in 1982. Six years later he contributed a few brief cover versions of holiday standards to an [[http://www.nilssonschmilsson.com/page-the-presence-of-christmas-dove-cd.html audiobook anthology]] of various stories called ''[[PunBasedTitle The Presence of Christmas]]''. It's ultra-rare and those who've heard it don't have much good to say about it. One {{Creator/Amazon}} review calls it [[SoBadItsHorrible "so bad it's almost embarrassing".]]

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** He wrote and recorded an original Christmas song called "Give, Love, Joy" for the ''[[{{ComicStrip/Ziggy}} Ziggy's Gift]]'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBLWCsI4ig8 TV special]] in 1982. Six years later he contributed a few brief cover versions of holiday standards to an [[http://www.nilssonschmilsson.com/page-the-presence-of-christmas-dove-cd.html audiobook anthology]] of various stories called ''[[PunBasedTitle The Presence of Christmas]]''. It's ultra-rare and those who've heard it don't have much good to say about it. One {{Creator/Amazon}} Amazon.com review calls it [[SoBadItsHorrible "so bad it's almost embarrassing".]]



* CreditsGag: The 1968 film ''Skidoo'' has Nilsson [[ListSong singing the entire end credits sequence]]: actors, crew members, and legal disclaimers. All of it. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4IMX26xF9Q Seriously.]]

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* CreditsGag: The 1968 film ''Skidoo'' has Nilsson [[ListSong singing the entire end credits sequence]]: actors, crew members, and legal disclaimers. All of it. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4IMX26xF9Q Seriously.]]



* [[WhiteDwarfStarlet White Dwarf Star]]: The subject of "Mr. Richland's Favorite Song".

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* [[WhiteDwarfStarlet White Dwarf Star]]: WhiteDwarfStarlet: The subject of "Mr. Richland's Favorite Song".
24th Aug '16 8:18:54 PM Ezclee4050
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* FallingBass: The detuning bass solo in the breakdown section of "Jump Into the Fire".
3rd Jul '16 6:31:26 PM Doug86
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* LyricalDissonance: "Marchin' Down Broadway" is a super-cheery number about... celebrating America's victory over Japan in WorldWarII.

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* LyricalDissonance: "Marchin' Down Broadway" is a super-cheery number about... celebrating America's victory over Japan in WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
1st Jul '16 3:05:23 AM gewunomox
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* TheBeatles: A presence in Nilsson's career dating all the way back to 1964, when he wrote and recorded a tribute song to them called "Stand Up and Holler" (credited to the non-existent Foto-Fi Four when it was released). ''Pandemonium Shadow Show'' featured his version of "You Can't Do That" that skillfully wove in lines from other Beatles songs, plus a cover of "She's Leaving Home". This attracted attention from The Beatles themselves, most famously when Lennon and [=McCartney=] cited Nilsson as their "favorite band" in the press conference announcing the formation of Apple Records. He covered "Mother Nature's Son" on ''Harry'' (the original may well have been influenced by Nilsson in the first place), and did a version of "Blackbird" around the same time that wouldn't be released for several decades. He hung out with Ringo and John constantly in the early 1970s. Ringo played drums on a few Nilsson sessions. John produced ''Pussy Cats''. Harry starred in the Apple Films production ''Son of Dracula''. He covered George's "That Is All". John's murder led Harry to become a gun control advocate, and he made a few appearances at Beatles fan conventions in the 1980s.

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* TheBeatles: Music/TheBeatles: A presence in Nilsson's career dating all the way back to 1964, when he wrote and recorded a tribute song to them called "Stand Up and Holler" (credited to the non-existent Foto-Fi Four when it was released). ''Pandemonium Shadow Show'' featured his version of "You Can't Do That" that skillfully wove in lines from other Beatles songs, plus a cover of "She's Leaving Home". This attracted attention from The Beatles themselves, most famously when Lennon and [=McCartney=] cited Nilsson as their "favorite band" in the press conference announcing the formation of Apple Records. He covered "Mother Nature's Son" on ''Harry'' (the original may well have been influenced by Nilsson in the first place), and did a version of "Blackbird" around the same time that wouldn't be released for several decades. He hung out with Ringo and John constantly in the early 1970s. Ringo played drums on a few Nilsson sessions. John produced ''Pussy Cats''. Harry starred in the Apple Films production ''Son of Dracula''. He covered George's "That Is All". John's murder led Harry to become a gun control advocate, and he made a few appearances at Beatles fan conventions in the 1980s.



* PunBasedTitle: ''Duit on Mon Dei'' is a riff on the motto of the British Monarchy, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieu_et_mon_droit "Dieu et mon droit"]]. Apparently this began as an inside joke among TheBeatles during the Apple Corps era, then Ringo put it on the cover of his ''Ringo'' album.

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* PunBasedTitle: ''Duit on Mon Dei'' is a riff on the motto of the British Monarchy, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieu_et_mon_droit "Dieu et mon droit"]]. Apparently this began as an inside joke among TheBeatles Music/TheBeatles during the Apple Corps era, then Ringo put it on the cover of his ''Ringo'' album.



* WeUsedToBeFriends: George Aliceson Tipton was Nilsson's arranger up until ''Nilsson Schmilsson'', when he abruptly quit after recordng just one song. More than just an arranger, though, Tipton was a musical mentor and cohort for Nilsson (more than one person has compared the Nilsson/Tipton partnership to George Martin and TheBeatles). Up to his death in 2016 Tipton steadfastly refused to discuss his work with Nilsson or why they split up. The best guess is that there was some dispute over credits and money, plus Nilsson's dissolute lifestyle making him harder to work with.

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* WeUsedToBeFriends: George Aliceson Tipton was Nilsson's arranger up until ''Nilsson Schmilsson'', when he abruptly quit after recordng just one song. More than just an arranger, though, Tipton was a musical mentor and cohort for Nilsson (more than one person has compared the Nilsson/Tipton partnership to George Martin and TheBeatles).Music/TheBeatles). Up to his death in 2016 Tipton steadfastly refused to discuss his work with Nilsson or why they split up. The best guess is that there was some dispute over credits and money, plus Nilsson's dissolute lifestyle making him harder to work with.
15th Jun '16 11:54:55 PM Ezclee4050
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* LoopedLyrics: "Jump Into The Fire"
15th Jun '16 6:20:02 PM Ezclee4050
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* HeavyMeta: "The Story of Rock and Roll", which he wrote but never formally recorded. It was a minor hit for The Turtles in 1968 (Music/TheMonkees also made an unfinished attempt at it).



* SelfDemonstratingSong: "How To Write a Song" from ''Sandman''. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.



* StudioChatter: Featured on a few albums.



* TenorBoy: His persona on his early albums.



* ThisIsASong: "How to Write a Song"

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* ThisIsASong: "How to Write a Song"TrainSong: "Nobody Cares About the Railroads Anymore"
11th Jun '16 11:51:17 PM Ezclee4050
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* PosthumousCollaboration: Made a guest vocal appearance on the title track of the 2016 reunion album ''Good Times!'' by Music/TheMonkees, which he wrote. The music had been recorded in 1968 with Nilsson singing a guide vocal, and for the album they had Micky Dolenz record a new vocal track that got combined with Harry's voice.
27th Mar '16 7:43:43 PM Ezclee4050
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* WeUsedToBeFriends: George Aliceson Tipton was Nilsson's arranger up until ''Nilsson Schmilsson'', when he abruptly quit after recordng just one song. More than just an arranger, though, Tipton was a musical mentor and cohort for Nilsson (more than one person has compared the Nilsson/Tipton partnership to George Martin and TheBeatles). To this day Tipton steadfastly refuses to discuss his work with Nilsson or why they split up. The best guess is that there was some dispute over credits and money, plus Nilsson's dissolute lifestyle making him harder to work with.

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* WeUsedToBeFriends: George Aliceson Tipton was Nilsson's arranger up until ''Nilsson Schmilsson'', when he abruptly quit after recordng just one song. More than just an arranger, though, Tipton was a musical mentor and cohort for Nilsson (more than one person has compared the Nilsson/Tipton partnership to George Martin and TheBeatles). To this day Up to his death in 2016 Tipton steadfastly refuses refused to discuss his work with Nilsson or why they split up. The best guess is that there was some dispute over credits and money, plus Nilsson's dissolute lifestyle making him harder to work with.
17th Mar '16 5:04:17 AM Ezclee4050
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* NonActorVehicle: ''Son of Dracula''. The consensus is that Nilsson actually acquitted himself fairly well as an actor and is the ''only'' worthwhile thing in the whole movie.

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* NonActorVehicle: ''Son of Dracula''. The consensus is that Nilsson actually acquitted was the second choice after Music/DavidBowie turned it down. Most fans think he acquits himself fairly well as an actor and is the ''only'' worthwhile thing in the whole movie.
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