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Harry Nilsson News (2022-08-20)


Brandon Cruz Turns to Fans to Honor Bill Bixby

For several years now, Brandon Cruz, who starred with Bill Bixby in the TV series "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," has been campaigning to have a star for Bixby added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

While Bixby had some memorable roles in film, it was on television that he shined. For those of us who grew up watching Bill Bixby "My Favorite Martian," "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," "The Magician," and "The Incredible Hulk" it is surprising to learn that there isn't already a star honoring him in Hollywood. It even came as a surprise to Brandon Cruz.

 

I was with some friends, and they asked me, "Where’s Bill?” I said, "I don’t know." We went to one of those kooky stores on the Boulevard that gives you a map of where the stars were. He wasn’t on it. How did Bill not have a star?”

-- Brandon Cruz (2019) [1]

 

More time went on and about two and a half years ago, almost three, I realized that GoFundMe existed. And that people were getting a lot of money raised really quickly to do different things. I thought, "You know what? I’m going to do a memorial for Bill, and I want the fans to do it. I don’t want to involve Hollywood." I felt let down by Hollywood.

-- Brandon Cruz (2019) [2]

 

It's taken much longer than Cruz expected to raise the money - and the Hollywood Walk of Fame has actually raised the price of a star since the campaign started - but the goal posts are in sight. An anonymous donor has agreed to match all funds raised, dollar for dollar, until the end of the year or when the goal is reached.

 

You can contribute to the GoFundMe campaign at:

 

https://www.gofundme.com/f/bill-bixby-star-on-hollywood-blvd

 

"The Courtship of Eddie's Father"



Harry Nilsson News (2022-08-09)


The Nilsson Show - A Tribute to the Songs of Harry Nilsson at the Colony in Woodstock, NY (September 22, 2022)

On September 22, 2022, Eric Squindo Presents will present The Nilsson Show - A Tribute to the songs of Harry Nilsson at the Colony performing arts theater in Woodstock, New York.

 

Since 2019, Eric Squindo Presents has been producing a unique brand of tribute shows for the Colony stage. Paying homage to influential writers such as Tom Waits and Dolly Parton, to the songs of The Muppets and 'The Basement Tapes' (Bob Dylan & The Band), the events have brought together some of the Hudson Valley's finest musicians to deliver their own stylized interpretations. Collaboration between musicians, and an intimate 'at home' atmosphere offer a one-of-a-kind experience that these events have been celebrated for.[1]

 



Harry Nilsson News (2022-07-20)


Harry Nilsson's "Perfect Day" Opens Episode of "Better Call Saul"

Harry Nilsson's "Perfect Day" plays during the opening montage of season six, episode nine of the TV show "Better Call Saul." Rather than Nilsson's original version, the show uses a new recording of the song by Dresage and Slow Shiver. The episode originally aired on July 18, 2022. Supposedly, a new recording of the song was commissioned because the original version wasn't long enough for the scene.

 

"Perfect Day" by Dresage and Slow Shiver

 

 

Harry Nilsson News (2022-06-17)


Harry Nilsson Tribute Night, June 26, 2022, at Long Play Lounge - East (Austin, Texas)

On June 22, 2022, The Long Play Lounge - East in Austin, Texas, will host the "Harry Nilsson Tribute Night."

 

The evening features Juliet McConkey, Andy Bianculli (Star Parks), P. T. Banks, Stephanie Hunt (Buffalo Hunt), Matt Gilchrist, and Sam Rives performing Harry Nilsson'sThe Point!” The show starts at 9:00pm and costs $10.

 

For more information, visit https://www.thelongplaylounge.com/lpeast-event/harry-nilsson-tribute-night/.

 

 

Harry Nilsson News (2022-05-20)


See the "The Point!" with Kiefo Nilsson and Pamela Adlon

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, California, will preview its 2022 Summer repertory season on June 4, 2022, at 4pm.

 

Following a presentation from each of the four plays in the summer season will be a live performance of Harry Nilsson’s 1970 album, The Point! starring Kiefo Nilsson, Pamela Adlon, and a 14-piece orchestra.

 

For more information and tickets, please visit:

 

https://theatricum.com/the-point/

 

 

 

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Margo Guryan

Margo Guryan wrote "Think of Rain" which Harry Nilsson recorded during his Aerial Ballet sessions. The recording remains unreleased.

 

He promised he would let me hear it, but we learned that although the song was listed on a tape box it was spliced out by Harry. Apparently he did that when he was unhappy with something he had recorded.

-- Margo Guryan (2017) [1]

 

We learned from someone at RCA who was compiling a Nilsson package that "Think of Rain" was listed on a tape box, but razor-cut out. (Harry apparently did that when he didn’t like a performance.) Harry told me that he had tried recording the song many different ways - fast, slow, hard, soft - but nothing worked. He said he’d let me hear it, but never did. So it was never released, I never heard it, and the public will never hear it. Alas!

-- Margo Guryan (2012) [2]

 

I already had a telephone friendship with Harry Nilsson. He recorded "Think of Rain" but didn't like the way it came out. It was never released. And, though he promised, I never heard it. He gave it to Judy Carne who performed it on "Laugh-In."

-- Margo Guryan (2015) [3]

 

Asked in 2018 about her songwriting and arranging process, Guryan mentions Harry:

 

The "arrangement" was usually part of the song as I was writing it. I didn’t write a song and then attempt to arrange it. That never worked for me, although it worked beautifully for others. George Tipton, who arranged Harry Nilsson’s "Without Her" is a case in point. It was the first song written by Harry that I heard. The cello line that Tipton employed is magnificent! Though I admire the contributions of many brilliant arrangers, my arrangements were always written into my songs.

-- Margo Guryan (2018) [4]

 

 

 



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.