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YMMV: Harry Nilsson

  • Canadians Love Harry Nilsson: A number of his singles did better in Canada than the US. "You Can't Do That" and "I Guess The Lord Must Be in New York City" were Top 10 hits. "Everybody's Talkin' " made the Top 40 in its original release and hit #1 in its reissue, and a couple songs that didn't even chart in the US made the Canadian charts.
  • Covered Up: Nobody remembers Fred Neil's original of "Everybody's Talkin'" anymore. And conversely, Nilsson's "Without You," itself a cover of a Badfinger song, was covered up by Mariah Carey, her version being released weeks after his death.
    • Three Dog Night's hit version of "One", to the extent that many people aren't aware that it's a Nilsson song.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming/Tear Jerker: "Remember (Christmas)". It's not for nothing it's the go-to closer for any Nilsson compilation worth its salt.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Jump Into the Fire".
    • Also, "Everybody's Talkin'", "Without You", "Me and My Arrow", "Coconut", "One"... Need I go on?
  • Ear Worm: A noted master. Even if you don't like the song, try listening to "Daybreak" without getting those flutes stuck in your head for a good, long while. Go on. I'll wait.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Steel drum player Robert Greenidge was a memorable fixture of Nilsson's mid-70s sound.
  • Genius Bonus: The title A Little Touch of Schmilsson in The Night seems like Word Salad-ish Purple Prose, unless you're familiar with Henry V, in which case it's actually a Stealth Pun:
    from Act IV, Prologue:
    Behold, as may unworthiness define,
    A little touch of Harry in the night.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "1941" gets a bit too uncomfortably close to real-life reports of Nilsson's domestic life.
    • "I'd Rather Be Dead" and "Down By The Sea" are about dreading the thought of growing old. He ended up dying at age 52.
  • Misattributed Song: If rock folklore is to be believed, an interesting case of an artist doing the misattributing. Nilsson heard Badfinger's "Without You" at a party and thought it was The Beatles. When he found out it wasn't he decided to do a Cover Version.
  • Sequel Displacement: 1967's Pandemonium Shadow Show is often called his debut album, but it was actually his second, after 1966's somewhat obscure Spotlight on Nilsson. It was his first formal attempt at an album, though, since Spotlight was just a hastily thrown-together compilation of various singles sides and unreleased songs.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night sometimes becomes schmaltzy as all hell.
    • "Easy for Me", his contribution to Ringo Starr's Goodnight Vienna album, from around the same period. Observe.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Averted with The Point!, big time. Don't believe me? Just read the quote on that page.
    • His late-career recording sessions were notorious for the amount of intoxicants (legal and otherwise) that were floating around.

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