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Show #68: 8/11/13 (The Harry Nilsson Special Schmecial)

Harry Nilsson followed his own path.  He was part iconoclast and part storyteller, and his curiosity, sense of humor and dramatic flair led him to create an extremely wide range of music.

In this one-hour radio special, you’ll hear a lot of Harry’s work and talk with friends and family about the man and artist (who was good friends with John Lennon & Ringo Starr).

Photo by James Fortune / Rex Features. L-R: Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Micky Dolenz (The Monkees) and Keith Moon (The Who) at Hollywood Studio, Hollywood.

THE RCA ALBUMS COLLECTION is a must-have for Nilsson devotees, and a seductive lure for those whose awareness is limited to his Grammy Award®-winning versions of Badfinger’s “Without You” (#1) and Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talkin’” (a #6 hit from the soundtrack to Midnight Cowboy, 1969). Then there are the notable covers of his own songs by Three Dog Night (“One”), the Monkees (“Cuddly Toy”), the Yardbirds (“Ten Little Indians”), and Blood, Sweat & Tears (“Without Her”). Others will recall the duo of hits that appeared alongside “Without You” on 1971′s Nilsson Schmilsson album, “Coconut” (#8) and “Jump Into The Fire.” Finally, the playful “Me And My Arrow” (from the soundtrack of his animated film The Point!) and “Girlfriend” (theme of the early ’70s sitcom The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father) have their own coterie of admirers.

Harry Nilsson & John Lennon

Playlist:

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  • Jump Into the Fire
  • Ten Little Indians
  • You Can’t Do That
  • 1941
  • One
  • Everybody’s Talkin’
  • The Beehive State
  • Me & My Arrow
  • Gotta Get Up
  • Without You
  • Spaceman
  • It Had to Be You
  • Don’t Forget Me
  • Blanket for a Sail

The RCA Albums Collection

 

 

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