It's an attempt to create an entertainment visually and musically by illustrating the lyrics. The three of us seem to write music about people and situations rather than problems and love.
-- Harry Nilsson (1969)
When I first interviewed the young composer Harry Nilsson, it was well over a year ago and he was nobody. Unless of course you listened to his music in which case you knew he was definitely somebody and that time would prove it, So I wrote a piece about him making what I knew was a rather safe prediction about his future impact on the pop scene and wondering to myself again why the television networks are so penny-wise and pound-foolish about seeking out young talent that hasn't quite made it. Harry told me at the time that he really wanted to do a video special with two of his-young friends, both singers and composers: Laura Nyro and Randy Newman. But he said he didn't have a chance because the three of them just weren't well enough known.