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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/

 

 

Harry Nilsson News (2022-04-04)

Original LCD Soundsystem Members Reunite for DFA Records 20th Anniversary Party

LCD Soundsystem's original line-up has performed together at a party celebrating the twentieth anniversary of DFA Records.

 

The last time that the group's original members, James Murphy, Nancy Whang, Pat Mahoney, Tyler Pope, and Phil Mossman shared the stage together was fifteen years earlier.

 

At the March 26, 2022, party in New York City the group played five songs including Harry Nilsson's "Jump Into the Fire" which had last been performed by the group on April 2, 2011, at Madison Square Garden. LCD Soundsystem often included "Jump Into the Fire" as an encore to end their concerts. [1]

 

 

 


Harry Nilsson News (2021-12-11)


Kiefo Nilsson and John C. Reilly Perform The Point! Live

On Saturday, December 11, 2021, Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, California presents a live performance of Harry Nilsson's "The Point!.

 

The performance, lead by Nilsson's son, Kiefo Nilsson with narration by actor John C. Reilly, is part of a series of events at the theater from noon until 6pm.

 

Kiefo is hoping to take the live show on a nationwide with varying celebrity narrators starting in 2012.

 

John C. Reilly, he's gonna do this show and we like to rotate the narrator but he and I have spoken about doing another Nilsson show and he would like to present some of these songs. Nothing has been confirmed.

-- Kiefo Nilsson

 

Harry Nilsson News (2021-10-13)

Rick Jarrard Dies

Rick Jarrard died on October 13, 2021.

 

Rick Jarrard brought Harry Nilsson to the attention of RCA and produced Nilsson's first recordings for the company.

 


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Harry Nilsson News (2021-07-24)

Stuart Ginsburg Dies

Stuart Ginsburg has died.

 

Ginsburg began writing for Creem magazine after graduating from college. Then he began a long career in publicity for RCA and other record companies.

 

At RCA, he penned the promotional letter included with Harry Nilsson's Scatalogue album.

 

Ginsburg passed away on July 23, 2021, at the age of 76.

 

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How Wright You Are

In 1968, Harry Nilsson began work on a Broadway musical he conceived about the Wright Brothers. To help write the book for "How Wright You Are," Nilsson enlisted David Sontag[1] and John Bradford[2]. Nilsson would provide the score. They intended to use the "living screen technique developed in Czechoslovakia"[3] as well as "projections and graphics."

 

"Nilsson is said to have completed 14 songs, while Sontag and Bradford are into the second act of the book."[4]

 

Nilsson said that he would liked to have Tommy and Dick Smothers play the Wright Brothers in the musical. [5]

 

The play was never produced, but Alyn Shipton found a "substantial draft" of the work, renamed "Orville and Wilbur," in Harry's personal files. It is based on Orville Wright's long struggle to get the Smithsonian to acknowledge that the Wrights had built and flown the first successful powered airplane.[6]


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.