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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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."
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.
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.