BMG Acquires Harry Nilsson's Song Catalog
Brandon Cruz Turns to Fans to Honor Bill Bixby
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) 
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) 
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:
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.
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.
Harry Nilsson Tribute Night, June 26, 2022, at Long Play Lounge - East (Austin, Texas)
The evening features Juliet McConkey, Andy Bianculli (Star Parks), P. T. Banks, Stephanie Hunt (Buffalo Hunt), Matt Gilchrist, and Sam Rives performing Harry Nilsson's “The Point!” The show starts at 9:00pm and costs $10.
For more information, visit https://www.thelongplaylounge.com/lpeast-event/harry-nilsson-tribute-night/.
On the June 15, 1998, episode of The Tonight Show Ringo Starr was Jay Leno's first guest.
My (soon to be) wife and I visited Los Angeles to attend Harryfest 1998. Before we left Florida, a friend got us tickets to view a taping of The Tonight Show. She got us VIP passes for the taping on June 15. A few days later, she called back to tell us that she had just learned that Ringo Starr was scheduled to be a guest that day.
Harry was Ringo's best friend. We were going to LA to meet other Nilsson fans. And the show was being taped on Harry's birthday. It seemed too perfect, so I asked my friend if we could arrange to give something to Ringo.
She called back to say that we could leave a package, wrapped in clear plastic, with a guard at the NBC gate.
Monday morning, we gathered up some Nilsson-related stuff to put in the package. As we were about to wrap up the package, I noticed that Curtis Armstrong was wearing a promotional Duit on Mon Dei button. I pretty much just looked at him and he handed us the button, We put in on top in the package with a note reading "Dear Ringo. Please wear this button on the show. If you don't, we want it back."
We left to drive to the NBC Studios. I missed the Burbank exit and we arrived late. I illegally parked on the street near the studio (along with dozens of other illegally parked cars) and we went to the VIP guest entrance. I didn't have time to drop the package off at security, so I gave it to an NBC page and expected it to disappear.
We entered the studio and were seated up high in the VIP area. When Ringo was introduced, he walked out. He was wearing a button. Bracha remarked that it looked too big to be our button. I reminded her that Ringo is small. Then we looked up at the monitor and could clearly see that he was wearing the button that we had given him.
Jay Leno talked with him and Ringo stayed in the guest's chair during the commercial break. Bracha stood, waved, and pointed to her chest - which got Ringo's attention (he married a Bond girl, you know). Ringo looked our way and realized that we were telling him that we had given him the Nilsson button. He smiled and gave us a thumbs up gesture.
-- Roger Smith
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