Friday night we got together at the hotel for a dinner with a special guest.
John and Pan Murphy
Marc Harry (seated, left) Introduced our special guest, Rob Burt
Rob Burt holds a special place in the hearts of Harry Nilsson fans. It was his discovery of unreleased recordings from the A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night sessions and his perseverance which lead to them being released as A Touch More Schmilsson in the Night.
Note: I didn't include the following when I first posted this to the Harry Nilsson Web Pages twenty years ago.
After sharing stories about his relationship with Harry Nilsson, uncovering the "lost" Touch of Schmilsson recordings, and producing the A Touch More Schmilsson in the Night album, Rob paused to take questions. Then he collapsed in front of us, apparently from a major heart attack.
Leslie Nilsson and others performed CPR on Rob until an ambulance arrived and took him to the hospital. Bracha and I told a police officer that we concerned about Rob's son who came to the event with Rob. Since Rob was not from London, we were concerned that his son might not have anyone local to help him. The policeman suggested that we go to the hospital to help if we can. In retrospect, I can't imagine how we thought we, two Americans thousands of miles from home in a city we had never visited before, could be of any assistance. But, at that moment we were not thinking clearly.
We weren't at the hospital for long before a doctor told us that Rob died. We also learned that Rob's son had a friend in London who was on the way to the hospital. Someone at the hospital arranged for a taxi to take us back to the Hotel Russell.