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Harry Nilsson News (2023-09-05)

The Dream Weaver Has Died

Gary Wright died at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California, on September 4, 2023. Although best known for his solo hits "Dream Weaver" and "Love Is Alive" - and having been born and raised in the US - Wright first caught the attention of music fans as a member of the British band Spooky Tooth in the late 1960s. Wright left the band in early 1970 to begin a career as a solo artist and session musician.

 

In 1971 Harry Nilsson recorded "Without You" which was destined to be his biggest hit. Rick Wakeman played the piano for an early take of the song, Nilsson and his producer, Richard Perry, decided that Wakeman's track was "too busy, too complex."

 

So we replaced Rick Wakeman with Gary Wright and he began, just like you hear on the record, very simple. It was just right![1]

 

 



Harry Nilsson News (2023-09-01)


The Lost Weekend: A Love Story Released on Home Video

A Blu-Ray of The Lost Weekend: A Love Story is being released in mid-October of 2023. It is currently available for pre-order from Amazon.com. The film is also available for purchase online through Amazon Prime.

 

Harry Nilsson News (2023-07-10)


Bob Segarini Has Died

Songwriter and performer, Bob Segarini, died in his sleep on July 10, 2023. He was 77 years of age.

 

Patty Faralla, a press agent for RCA, introduced Segarini to Harry Nilsson in 1965.

 

Harry and Bob wrote a song together. Segarini's group, Family Tree, released their version of "Miss Butter's Lament" on their 1968 album Miss Butters album. Nilsson's recording of the song went unreleased until 1995 when it appeared on the Personal Best - The Harry Nilsson Anthology album.

 

At Patty’s apartment the first time we met, we passed an old acoustic guitar back and forth and played our songs for one another. [...] Harry is dutifully impressed when I play him a tune or two. I hand him the guitar, and he starts singing: “Well in 1941 a happy father had a son.... [...] "Holy crap," I thought, "this guy is amazing."

 

In 1967, Bob introduced Harry to Diane Clatworthy, the secretary of the Family Tree fan club. Diane and Harry married on December 31, 1969, in Las Vegas.

 

Segarini wrote a song, "He Spins Around" about his friend, Harry Nilsson. It was released as the B-side of single in 1968 then on the CD release of the Miss Butters in 2007.

 

Harry and Bob's relationship soured in the mid to late 1970s as Harry's lifestyle became intertwined with the Beatles, drugs, and alcohol.


The last time I saw Harry was in line at the Carnegie Deli in New York. He was in front of me in an overcoat and I recognized the back of his head somehow. He was on his way to London to hang out, record, and move into Ringo’s flat for a while. He looked world weary, but still had the old twinkle in his eye. We reminisced while his limo idled out front, caught up, and had a few laughs waiting for our medium old fashioned (pastrami) on a Kaiser with double mustard, pickle on the side. When I asked after Diane, he said that they had gotten divorced, the twinkle in his eyes dimming, with what I could only imagine was caused by leaving his wife and young son behind, of abandoning them, of becoming his father.

 

 

Harry Nilsson News (2023-03-30)


Walk of Fame Star for Bill Bixby Campaign Meets Major Goal

Brandon Cruz's effort to have a star for Bill Bixby added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame has reached a major goal. The Go Fund Me account to raise money for the star has reached its goal and now the process for having the star approved and installed has begun.

 

You can follow the effort at:

 

https://m.facebook.com/100028543013324/

Harry Nilsson News (2023-03-13)

Drummer Jim Gordon Dies

Jim Gordon who contributed to several Harry Nilsson albums as a percussionist has died at the age of 77 on March 13, 2023.

 

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Featured Article of the Day


The Boy Who Always Said "No"

THE BOY WHO ALWAYS SAID NO

by HARRY NILSSON

 

Harry Nilsson, the singer and songwriter best known for The Point! and the soundtrack to Midnight Cowboy, had a childhood dream: to write for Galaxy Magazine. Initially edited by H. L. Gold, Galaxy was the most popular science fiction magazine of the 1950s to 1970s.

 

In 1993, Harry and his family spent Christmas with H. L. Gold's son, E. J. Gold. During the stay, Harry wrote "The Boy Who Always Said 'No'" and collaborated with Gold on several other short stories and the outline for a novel.

 

In 1994, EJ rebooted Galaxy as bimonthly magazine. Harry's story appeared in the second issue which was published in March of 1994 - making Harry's dream finally come true.

 

- Courtesy of Morgan Fox

 

Once there was a boy who always said no. No matter what his parents would ask him, or what his teachers said, or his friends would say or the town bully would threaten, he would just say no.

 

"It's time to go to bed, now," his good-natured dad would gently remind him.

 

"No."

 

"Have some food?" his mother might ask.

 

"No."

 

"Like some ice cream?" somebody would offer kindly.

 

"No."

 

He would always invariably say "no."

 

But then one day, his father - who worried a great deal about the boy - happened to be coming home early and he happened to pass a store which he'd somehow apparently never noticed before.

 

In the window were boxes, uncountable hundreds, maybe thousands, some large, many small, and very many in between. And every box had a symbol and a sign - one an exclamation point, one a question mark, one a tiny walrus, another filled with spots and dots.

 

Every box was different, yet every box the same. The symbols gave the number, the number gave the sign. He

couldn't figure what they sold, unless it happened to be boxes in a bewildering array of size and color, shape -- and content? What was in them, he wondered.

 

And so he went inside; a gnarly old man stood upon a ladder, reaching high upon an even higher shelf to rearrange some boxes over other boxes, some boxes under other boxes, some boxes before or behind other boxes and, of course, there were bound to be some boxes that for some compelling reason had to be moved to one side or the other of other boxes.

 

The father says, "Excuse me!"

 

The old man says, "Never mind. How old is he - nine?"

 

The father says, "How did you know that?"

 

The old man says, "How did you know to come here into my shop?"

 

The father says, "Yes, he's nine."

 

The old man says, "Here's what you need." And he gave him a box with a special unknown marking on it.

 

"That's one dollar."

 

The father says, "One dollar?"

 

"One box, one dollar."

 

He gave the man a dollar. He went home. The old man had told him, "-- by the way, don't open the box; don't even have your little boy look inside until he's ready to go to sleep. Remember - just before he falls asleep, give him the box."

 

So they had dinner.

 

"Would you like some mashed potatoes?"

 

"No." He ate the mashed potatoes.

 

"How about a second helping?"

 

"No." He ate the second helping.

 

"Ice-cream?"

 

"No." He ate the ice-cream.

 

"Would you like some more ice-cream?"

 

"No."

 

He had another bowl of ice-cream, and then it was time for bed. His mother took him upstairs to the bedroom, and his dad came, too.

 

"Now, son," she said as they entered the bedroom, "I want to tell you a little story before you go to sleep ... are

you still with us? Are you still awake?"

 

"No."

 

And they waited and they watched him, and pretty soon his eyes started fluttering like butterflies, and they said to each other, "this is it. This is the moment just before he goes into sleep."

 

They said, "Son, we have a box, a present for you. Look."

 

The kid says, "What?"

 

The dad says, "A box; a magic box; a present."

 

The kid took it and opened the box. He took out some paper, some cotton, and he looked inside. And in the bottom of the box, the very bottom of the box he saw a mirror, and on the mirror, on the bottom of the mirror it said, "Are you the boy who always says, 'No'?"

 

And as he closed the box with a smile and entered Dreamland, the little boy said, "No."



Welcome to the Harry Nilsson Web Pages

This site is dedicated to the music and memory of Harry Nilsson. From the late 1960s through the early '90s, Nilsson produced music that both challenged norms and celebrated the past - often within the same song.
On first listen, his early Pandemonium Shadow Show is just an appealing collection of bouncy pop songs, a product of the time when it was released. But, on closer listen songs like "1941" and "Without Her" feature poignant and wistful lyrics on top of their upbeat, pop melodies. To the listener in the late 1960s, the melodies and songs, such as “Freckles” sometimes invoked what would have seemed a nostalgic air, but they still sound fresh more than fifty years later.
Nilsson remained unconventional throughout his career. He never toured to support an album and he made few TV appearances. He released an album of songs which were all written by another songwriter. He recorded an album of standards in front of an orchestra. He followed up his best selling album and song with an album featuring a song pretty much guaranteed to surprise, if not offend, his new fans.
Harry ventured into movies and TV, creating a classic animated story (“The Point!”) and writing the music and songs for the once-panned, but now cult favorite, film Popeye starring Robin Williams.
In the last years of his life, after his friend John Lennon was shot and killed, Harry stepped back from music and, ironically perhaps, more into the public eye as the spokesperson for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence advocating for sensible gun laws in America.
A heart attack took Harry’s life in early 1994. Yet, his memory lives on in the hearts and minds of his friends, family, and fans. And his music lives on with Sony releasing a comprehensive collection of his works on CD and his music being featured prominently in TV and movies.
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