Saturday, December 17, 2005

Nilsson Schmilsson

I ran across this story of the greatest artist/songwriter you probably never heard of:
NEW YORK (Billboard) - A documentary focusing on the life and career of late singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson will be released next year.

"Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)" features interviews with Yoko Ono, Randy Newman, Micky Dolenz, Eric Idle, the Smothers Brothers, Brian Wilson and Robin Williams, as well as home videos, portions of Nilsson's recently discovered oral autobiography, and more than 60 songs.


Nilsson is perhaps best known for his 1969 hit "Everybody's Talkin'," which served as the theme song for the film "Midnight Cowboy." He also wrote Three Dog Night's classic "One" and scored a No. 1 pop hit in 1971 with "Without You," written by Badfinger's Pete Ham and Tom Evans.

But after years of hard partying in Los Angeles (including a famous incident when he and John Lennon were ejected from a club for heckling the Smothers Brothers), Nilsson damaged his voice and was never subsequently able to match his earlier achievements. He died of a heart attack in 1994, aged 52.
During the heyday of rock music (IMHO), the 1960's to early 1970's, Harry Nilsson had his finger in all the pies. He was most well-known as a songwriter, but also had several albums that were quite good.

I look forward to this documentary.


At 1:26 PM, Blogger Lynne said...

I remember the animated feature called The Point. Especially liked the song "Me and My Arrow".
Wasn't that Nilsson?

At 1:27 PM, Blogger Lynne said...

Okay, I should have clicked on the link first.

At 2:08 PM, Blogger Greyhair said...

I have two albums that are quite good:

Nilsson Schmillson and Son of Schmillson.

He really was a brillant song writer. But he was also a little...shall we say "out there" too.


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