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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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Gil Garfield

Gil Garfield was one of Nilsson's earliest supporters. He cowrote several songs with Harry Nilsson including "Paradise" which was recorded by the Ronettes in 1965.

 

 

Gilbert Ivan Garfield was born on May 30, 1933, to Harold and Harriet Garfield. His father owned a chain of drug stores, Mid-City Drug Stores, in California and had branched out into real estate. Celebrities including Roy Rogers, Susan Hayward, Lou Costello lived on Gil's street when he was a child.

 

Garfield graduated from North Hollywood High School then enrolled at the University of Southern California as a business major. While attending USC, Gil Garfield began performing and writing songs. He formed a group called The Cheers with Sally Bremer[1] and Bert Convy. Perry Botkin arranged the vocals for the group's recording of "(Bazoom) I Need Your Lovin'" which reached number three on the US charts in 1954. Signed to a five-year contract with Capitol, the group had a second top-ten hit the next year with "Black Denim Trousers and Motor Cycle Boots." Both of the hit songs were written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

 

 

The group was earning $5000 a week as headliners on the nightclub circuit, but Garfield felt pressured to quit. "I was terrified every waking moment we were on the road. I had become one of Harold Garfield's disciples, you see, totally dependent on him. I couldn't take any pride in what I was doing because he had always downgraded it. He would telephone me wherever we were playing and say 5,000 was nothing, a drop in the bucket; he wanted me back in the business. The Business." 

 

Garfield stopped performing with The Cheers in 1995 and was replaced by Perry "Bunny" Botkin. As Sally Bremer explained, "When Bunny came out of the Army, Gil decided to quit show business. So Bunny joined the act."

 

Garfield began working as a contractor building homes for his father's real estate development company, Desser-Garfield Developments. Garfield continued working as a real estate developer even as he partnered with Perry Botkin to write songs and publish music.

 

 

 

In 1958, Garfield appeared on TV as a member of a singing quartet in an episode of "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show." Ronnie Burns sang the lead for "She's Kinda Cute" which was written by Perry Botkin, Gil Garfield, and Pat Murtagh. Burns' performance of the song was released as a single.

 

 

 

 

Together with Perry Botkin, Garfield wrote "I Want My Baby Back" for Jimmy Cross and the hit "Wonderful Summer" recorded by Robin Ward.

 

After Harold Garfield died in 1967, Gil Garfield took over the family business.

 

In addition to music and real estate, Garfield was also successful in the apparel business. He and his sister, Suzanne Garfield, designed and marketed a line of children's clothing called "Ivan Joy." They later attempted to sell a product called "Pan-T-Boot" which combined pantyhose with built-in shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

Garfield continued to work in the music field. In 1972, A&M released a promotional single by Garfield of "Are You Going Out Tonight" backed with "The Prodigy." At the same time, A&M distributed a press release announcing an upcoming "very controversial concept album" by Gil Garfield which "deals with the difficult existence of a child - then man - who knows he is different - and whose parents misunderstand this difference. Promoting the never-released autobiographical album, Love Me For My Legs, Gil said, "I have enough money to last me twenty lifetimes."

 

Garfield composed the theme for the 1974 TV show Adam's Rib with Perry Botkin and would occasionally play piano and sing at social events, but with A&M not releasing Love Me For My Legs, Garfield stepped back from creating and playing music.

 

In the 1990s, Gil Garfield began actively collect art to exhibit his own paintings and mixed-media artworks. "I find a satisfaction and fulfillment in painting that I have never had in my life."

 

Garfield died of cancer on January 1, 2011, at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He was survived by Mike Hiles, his partner for ten years.

 



  • [1] Incorrectly reported as "Sue Allen" or "Susan Allen" by Wikipedia and many other places on the internet

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.