History Music / HarryNilsson

15th Sep '17 10:42:35 AM Ezclee4050
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** Then there's the odd case of "Marry Me a Little". After it was cut from the original run of ''{{Theatre/Company}}'', Creator/StephenSondheim arranged for Nilsson to record it so he could give a copy to Judy Prince, the wife of producer Harold Prince, who'd loved the song, as a Christmas present (Nilsson even sings "Merry Christmas, Judy. Have a Happy New Year too" at the end). Despite the obviously limited quantity of the recording, a dub of the acetate eventually circulated among Nilsson fans, and a version taken from the master tapes finally got an official release in the ''RCA Albums Collection'' box set in 2013. The consensus opinion is that it's [[BetterThanCanon just as good as what Nilsson was releasing publicly]] at the time, and if he'd given it a wide release it might've been a career highlight for both him and Sondheim.
22nd Aug '17 6:40:01 PM Ezclee4050
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-->You bury me or I bury you?

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-->You bury me or I bury you?you?'
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: Almost exactly halfway through, ''Son of Schmilsson'''s closing number "The Most Beautiful World in the World" changes from rock to a lush ballad, while the lyrics shift from talking about how the world sometimes sucks to how great it is.
1st Aug '17 3:18:37 AM bt8257
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His fame reached a peak in the early [[TheSeventies 1970s]]; as time went on, Nilsson's continuing drug and alcohol abuse took a toll on both his voice and career; his career as a recording artist ended with the release of his last album in 1980. His untimely death of heart failure in 1994 occurred just as he was aiming for a musical comeback.

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His fame reached a peak peaked in the early [[TheSeventies 1970s]]; as time went on, Nilsson's continuing drug and alcohol abuse took a toll on both his voice and career; his career as a recording artist ended with the release of his last album in 1980. His untimely death of heart failure in 1994 occurred just as he was aiming for a musical comeback.
18th Jul '17 11:34:43 PM Twentington
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When a relative newcomer during the late [[TheSixties 1960s]], Nilsson earned the admiration of Music/TheBeatles (Music/RingoStarr eventually became his [[HeterosexualLifePartners heterosexual life partner]]), which needless to say did [[ColbertBump wonders for Nilsson's own notability]]. His big commercial break came when his cover of "Everybody's Talkin'" (originally written by Fred Neil) was featured in the film ''Film/MidnightCowboy'', earning him a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in the process. He would win the same award again a few years later for his performance of what has now become a pop standard; "Without You" (written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans of Badfinger).

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When a relative newcomer during the late [[TheSixties 1960s]], Nilsson earned the admiration of Music/TheBeatles (Music/RingoStarr eventually became his [[HeterosexualLifePartners heterosexual life partner]]), a close friend), which needless to say did [[ColbertBump wonders for Nilsson's own notability]]. His big commercial break came when his cover of "Everybody's Talkin'" (originally written by Fred Neil) was featured in the film ''Film/MidnightCowboy'', earning him a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in the process. He would win the same award again a few years later for his performance of what has now become a pop standard; "Without You" (written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans of Badfinger).
18th Jul '17 11:34:30 PM Twentington
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* 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.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Music/RingoStarr. Ringo still refrains from answering questions about Harry... for perspective, he doesn't have anywhere near the same trouble talking about [[Music/GeorgeHarrison George]] or [[Music/JohnLennon John]].
26th May '17 9:37:30 AM igordebraga
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* OneWordTitle: "One", often [[RefrainFromAssuming referred to as]] "One Is The Loneliest Number" instead.
17th May '17 9:39:59 AM Bahuvrihi
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** The bouncy and wholesome-sounding "Cuddly Toy" was an obvious choice for Davy Jones to sing when TheMonkees covered it. As for the lyrics, they're vague enough to be interpreted in different ways (some quite sinister), but they're plainly about some sort of unwholesome sexual encounter.

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** The bouncy and wholesome-sounding "Cuddly Toy" was an obvious choice for Davy Jones to sing when TheMonkees Music/TheMonkees covered it. As for the lyrics, they're vague enough to be interpreted in different ways (some quite sinister), but they're plainly about some sort of unwholesome sexual encounter.
12th Mar '17 12:53:25 PM nombretomado
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* AlbumIntroTrack: ''Pandemonium Shadow Show'' opens with Nilsson attempting a circus ringmaster-type introduction. ''Aerial Ballet'' has him doing a tap-dancing routine. ''Duit on Mon Dei'' starts off with a rough demo version of "Jesus Christ You're Tall", which he recorded a finished version of on the next album, ''Sandman''. ''Flash Harry'' opens with a song ''about'' Nilsson, written and performed by [[MontyPython Eric Idle]].

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* AlbumIntroTrack: ''Pandemonium Shadow Show'' opens with Nilsson attempting a circus ringmaster-type introduction. ''Aerial Ballet'' has him doing a tap-dancing routine. ''Duit on Mon Dei'' starts off with a rough demo version of "Jesus Christ You're Tall", which he recorded a finished version of on the next album, ''Sandman''. ''Flash Harry'' opens with a song ''about'' Nilsson, written and performed by [[MontyPython Eric Idle]].Creator/EricIdle.
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".
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