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Anyone else here a fan of Harry Nilsson? I've loved his music since I stole my parents' copy of Aerial Ballet when I was younger.

Nilsson was a friend to The Beatles - he first met them at Abbey Road while they were making The White Album.

John Lennon produced Nilsson's album Pussy Cats in 1974, and the pair wrote together (Old Dirt Road, Mucho Mungo/Mt Elga). He loomed large in the Lost Weekend, and after Lennon's death campaigned for restrictions on hand gun ownership.

But more than all of that, he was a truly great singer, one that most people have never heard of (apart from Everybody's Talkin' and Without You). This is from his debut album, Pandemonium Shadow Show (1967):

Has anyone seen the new film about him, Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)? It hasn't come out yet here in the UK - I hope it does.

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John and Paul in '68: Nilsson for president: http://fortheloveofharry.blogs.....-1968.html

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Wait the Nilsson Joe talks about is the Nilsson of "I can't live... if living is without you"???

 

wow.. interesting. That song is nice but it's the only I have heard of him. If he was John and Paul's favorite he must be good. I'll check it out.. thanks Joe!!

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Joe said

Has anyone seen the new film about him, Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)? It hasn't come out yet here in the UK - I hope it does.

It is a few years old Joe. It was released on DVD earlier this fall. Also, What do Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks have to Do with him?


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Aerial Ballet was where I started. It's still probably my favourite album of his, though I never know if it's because I heard it first. But yes, get hold of a copy and, if you don't like it, Nilsson's probably not for you.

Van Dyke Parks arranged the songs for the Popeye film soundtrack, which Nilsson wrote. It's not as good as I'd hoped.

That documentary was made a few years ago, but it's only now getting distributed. I think it had a very limited cinema run, but the DVD is getting more attention.

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Just found this: Nilsson Sings Beatles playlist on YouTube. Some great stuff to listen to.

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Slate.com has a review of the new book Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter by Alyn Shipton that posits Nilsson as the one man Lennon-McCartney. The article also mentions the 17-disc box set that comprises Nilsson’s entire recorded output for RCA, 1967–77, being released this Tuesday.

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