The St. James Club was one of Harry Nilsson's favorite hangouts.


Drunken lunches at the St. James Club on Sunset were the norm … always a lively conversation. I always left Harry thinking how lucky I was to spend time with him. A truly great American artist.

-- Shep Gordon[1]


On January 23, 1990, Nilsson, along with film producer Martin Lewis, hosted a tribute to Graham Chapman at the St. James Club. Chapman had died of cancer a few months earlier. Organized in association with the local chapter of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the memorial raised funds for Chapman's favorite charity, the Kent Leukemia and Cancer Fund. Attendees included David Sherlock (Graham's partner), Dudley Moore, Anjelica Houston, Timothy Leary, Ed Asner, Elliott Gould, Thomas Dolby, Catherine O'Hara, and Dave Thomas. A pianist, Richard Ihara, played songs including "The Lumberjack Song" and "The Spam Song" while wearing a bow tie and little else.[2] [3]