Ah, hell with it, let’s just do a Harry Nilsson post, why not?
I imagine it is kind of surprising that with the other music I like, it turns out I am a pretty good Nilsson fan. Owe it all to Silent Mike, who inducted me into the Love of Harry.
Nilsson didn’t perform live; but the BBC managed to get him in the studio, but he did it his way:
As I get older, I appreciate his voice more. He was a great, great singer. There was a funny story in that doc; on one of his first singles, he tracked himself as backing vocals. The producer said he had an instinctive ability to add his own backing. When the single was released, a reviewer took him to task for not crediting the person singing the wonderful backing vocals!
Watched a Jeff Lynne documentary last night. Coincidentally, Eric Idle showed up in both. He wrote a song about Harry, that showed up on Nilsson’s last album. Hasn’t been released on CD or digitally yet, it would be interesting to hear how Harry did it. Idle’s version was fun.
“a little dignity for these people”:
At the end, the documentary discussed a scene at Harry’s grave, where George Harrison led a group singing “You’re Breaking My Heart”. Nobody doubts Harry would have approved.
Although that would be a great ending, Harry has another message for us: