Harry Nilsson

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Harry Nilsson

American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s add

Category: Music

Born in 1941.

Countries: United States (56%), United Kingdom (25%), (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Without You (Badfinger song)

Linked to: Mercury Records, The Walt Disney Company, Apple Corps, Capitol Records




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Harry Nilsson was born in 1941 add something


As early as 1958, Nilsson was intrigued by emerging forms of popular music, especially rhythm and blues artists like Ray Charles add something


Uncle John's singing lessons, along with Nilsson's natural talent, helped when he got a job singing demos for songwriter Scott Turner in 1960 add something


When the Paramount closed in 1960, Nilsson applied for a job at a bank, falsely stating he was a high school graduate on his application add something


Ken Mansfield - Since the 1960s, Mansfield has been associated with an array of notable performers including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Waylon Jennings, James Taylor, Roy Orbison, Don Ho, the Imperials, Tompall Glaser, Harry Nilsson, Glen_Campbell, Buck Owens, Lou Rawls, Andy Williams, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Eric Burdon, Badfinger, Ray Stevens, Jackie Lomax, The Four Freshmen, Judy Garland, Dolly Parton, David Cassidy, Nick Gilder, Claudine Longet and Jessi Colter


George Tipton - Tipton is arguably best known in the pop-rock field for his work as an arranger on singles and albums recorded by singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson during the most productive phase of his career in the 1960s and early 1970s


In 1963, Nilsson began to have some early success as a songwriter, working with John Marascalco on a song for Little Richard add something


In 1964, Nilsson worked with Phil Spector, writing three songs with him add something


Nilsson signed with RCA Victor in 1966 and released an album the following year, "Pandemonium Shadow Show", which was a critical success add something


Nilsson's recording contract was picked up by Tower Records, which in 1966 released the first singles actually credited to him by name, as well as the debut album "Spotlight on Nilsson" add something


The fruitful association between Nilsson and Tipton continued after Nilsson signed with RCA Records - Tipton went on to create the arrangements for nearly all of Nilsson's RCA recordings between 1967 and 1971 but their association ended in the 1970s when the two fell out for unknown reasons add something


The Yardbirds - A cover of Harry Nilsson's "Ten Little Indians" hit the U.S. in the fall of 1967 and quickly sank


Sail Away (Randy Newman album) - In this case, "Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear" had been a UK hit for Alan Price in 1967, and "Dayton, Ohio - 1903" had been recorded by Harry Nilsson on his 1970 album "Nilsson Sings Newman" and by Billy J Kramer


Late in 1968, The Monkees' notorious experimental film "Head" premiered, featuring a memorable song-and-dance sequence with Davy Jones and Toni Basil performing Nilsson's composition "Daddy's Song add something


When John Lennon and Paul McCartney held a press conference in 1968 to announce the formation of Apple Corps, John was asked to name his favorite American artist add something


"Pandemonium Shadow Show" was followed in 1968 by "Aerial Ballet", an album that included Nilsson's rendition of Fred Neil's song "Everybody's Talkin'" add something


All of these re-issues failed to chart, including a 1969 single "Good Times" add something


He was awarded Grammys for two of his recordings; best male contemporary vocal in 1969 for "Everybody's Talkin'", a prominent song in the Academy award-winning movie "Midnight Cowboy", and best male pop vocal in 1972 for "Without You." add something


The Monkees - During the 1970s, during Lennon's infamous "lost weekend", John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Micky Dolenz, Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon often hung out together, and were collectively known in the press as "The Hollywood Vampires"


Randy Newman - In 1970, Harry Nilsson recorded an entire album of Newman compositions called "Nilsson Sings Newman


Robert Greenidge - In the 1970s, he performed with numerous well-established acts such as Maurice White, Earth Wind and Fire, Harry Nilsson, John_Lennon, and Ringo Starr


Danny Kortchmar - Kortchmar worked on his own, reuniting with Larkey in the band Jo Mama in 1970 and 1971 and recording solo albums "Kootch" and "Innuendo" , but he experienced his greatest success backing other artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Harry Nilsson and Jackson Browne


Peter Frampton - While playing with Humble Pie, Frampton did session recording with other artists, including: Harry Nilsson, Jim Price, Jerry Lee Lewis, as well as on George Harrison's solo "All Things Must Pass", in 1970, and John Entwistle's "Whistle Rymes", in 1972


Eddie Lawrence - On February 22, 1971, Eddie appeared as a guest on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show , performing a five-minute "Old Philosopher" routine at the end of which Carson was laughing loudly and repeating some of its lines and, in 1974, he was heard as the announcer on a television advertisement for John Lennon and Harry Nilsson's album, "Pussy Cats", which included contributions by Ringo Starr and Keith Moon


Pete Ham - His greatest songwriting success came with his co-written composition "Without You" - a worldwide number 1 when it was later covered by Harry Nilsson and released in 1972


Bobby Keys - From 1973-1975, Keys participated in John Lennon's Lost Weekend in Los Angeles along with Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon


Following a strenuous performance with encores, Elliot returned to the flat to relax and sleep and was discovered in one of the bedrooms, dead of heart failure at 32, on July 29, 1974 add something


Freddie Francis - In 1974 Francis directed the little-seen "Son of Dracula", starring Harry Nilsson in the title role and Ringo Starr as Merlin the Magician, one of the great "lost films", deemed a flop at the time but becoming something of a cult favorite in later years


Suzanna Leigh - In 1974 she starred in her last film role as Amber in the little-seen Son of Dracula, starring Harry Nilsson in the title role and Ringo Starr as $Merlin_the_Magician


Keith Moon - In 1974, Moon played drums on Harry Nilsson's album "Pussy Cats", which was produced by John Lennon


John Lennon - In early 1974, Lennon was drinking heavily and his alcohol-fuelled antics with Harry Nilsson made headlines


In a show of friendship, Lennon accompanied Nilsson to negotiations, and both intimated to RCA that Lennon and Starr might want to sign with them, once their Apple Records contracts with EMI expired in 1975, but would not be interested if Nilsson were no longer with the label add something


Finally, Nilsson recorded what he later considered to be his favorite album, 1977's "Knnillssonn" add something


On September 7, 1978, The Who's drummer Keith Moon returned to the same room in the flat after a night out, and died at 32 from an overdose of Clomethiazole, a prescribed anti-alcohol drug add something


Davy Jones (actor) - Jones co-starred with Micky Dolenz in Harry Nilsson's play "The Point" at the Mermaid Theatre, London in 1978


After a long hiatus from the studio, Nilsson started recording sporadically once again in the mid to late 1980s add something


Nilsson was profoundly affected by the death of John Lennon on December 8, 1980 add something


Bert Convy - In 1980, Convy produced and directed the Goodspeed Opera House premiere of the musical "Zapata", music and lyrics by Harry Nilsson and Perry Botkin, Jr., libretto by Allan Katz


Yoko Ono - In 1984, a tribute album titled Every Man Has a Woman was released, featuring a selection of Ono songs performed by artists such as Elvis Costello, Roberta Flack, Eddie Money, Rosanne Cash and Harry Nilsson.


In 1985 Nilsson set up a production company, Hawkeye, to oversee various film, TV and multimedia projects he was involved in add something


Terry Southern - In October 1985 Southern was appointed as one of the directors of Hawkeye, a production company set up by his friend Harry Nilsson to oversee the various film and multimedia projects in which he was involved


Torn, Southern and Nilsson put together their own version of the film, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival in early 1988, but it was overtaken by the "official" version from the studio, and this version premiered to poor reviews in late January 1988 add something


In 1990, Hawkeye floundered and Nilsson found himself in a dire financial situation after it was discovered that his financial adviser Cindy Sims had embezzled all the funds he had earned as a recording artist add something


In 1991, the Disney CD "For Our Children", a compilation of children's music performed by celebrities to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, included Nilsson's original composition "Blanket for a Sail," recorded at the Shandaliza Recording Studio in Los Angeles add something


Nilsson made his last concert appearance September 1, 1992, when he joined Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band on stage at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada to sing "Without You" with Todd Rundgren handling the high notes add something


Ringo Starr - In 1992, Starr released his first studio album in nine years, "Time Takes Time", which was produced by Phil Ramone, Don Was, Lynne and Peter Asher and featured guest appearances by various stars including Brian Wilson and Harry Nilsson


Nilsson suffered a massive heart attack on February 14, 1993 add something


Monkees member Micky Dolenz maintained a close friendship until Nilsson's death in 1994 add something

Harry Nilsson died in 1994 add something


Nilsson died of heart failure on January 15, 1994 in his Agoura Hills, California, home add something


Terry Southern - Southern's friend Harry Nilsson died of a heart attack in January 1994, and Little, Brown publishers subsequently commissioned Southern to write a memoir, but only two chapters were ever completed


Without You (Badfinger song) - Mariah Carey's version, based on Harry Nilsson's version rather than the Badfinger original, was released as the third single of "Music Box" in the first quarter of 1994, and in the United States it was released on 24 January 1994, just over a week after Nilsson had died following a heart attack on 15 January 1994


In 1995, the 2-CD anthology he worked on with RCA, "Personal Best", was released add something


The result, "Best Friend", was very popular, but Nilsson never released the song on record; the original version of the song was recorded during the making of "Aerial Ballet" but not included on that LP, and it eventually appeared on the 1995 "Personal Best" anthology add something


Nilsson is the subject of a 2006 documentary, "Who Is Harry Nilsson -" produced by David Leaf and John Schienfeld add something


The film was screened in 2006 at the Seattle International Film Festival and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival add something


Sean Nelson - In 2006, he recorded "Nelson Sings Nilsson," an album of songs by the late American composer Harry Nilsson, accompanied by a 25-piece-orchestra


The manager at a favorite hangout gave Nilsson a plastic ukulele, which he learned to play, and he later learned to play the guitar and piano. In the 2010 documentary "Who Is Harry Nilsson -", Nilsson recalled that when he could not remember lyrics or parts of the melodies to popular songs, he created his own, which led to writing original songs add something


Whatever the cause, it was evidently a source of lingering resentment for Tipton, who was one of the few significant collaborators who refused to participate in the 2010 documentary on Nilsson's life and career add something


The filmmakers re-edited the film with found rare footage of Nilsson, further interviews, and family photographs, and finally released it on September 17, 2010 at selected theaters in the United States add something


A DVD, including additional footage not in the theatrical release, was released on October 26, 2010 add something


Without You (Badfinger song) - In June 2010 the Harry Nilsson version of the song was used in television advertising for the UK brand Soda Stream


English Indie-pop band Hillary and the Democrats released a song entitled "Harry Nilsson" in 2012, which heavily references "Without You" add something


The RCA Albums Collection - On July 30, 2013, Sony released a definitive box-set of his RCA era albums, "The RCA Albums Collection" add something


In 2015, he was voted No. 62 in Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time" add something


This track, however, was resurrected as a duet with Micky Dolenz, using a demo Nilsson of the tune with additional parts added, for the 2016 Monkees' CD release of the same name add something


Without You (Badfinger song) - In June 2017, Nilsson's version was used in the ending scene of the penultimate episode in the final season of Pretty Little Liars


In 2019, the catchy "Gotta Get Up" from "Nilsson Schmilsson" found renewed fame when used repeatedly in the Netflix series "Russian Doll" as the "reset" song for the main character, who repeatedly dies and returns to the same point in her life add something