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Nilsson, Harry

Born: 1941 AD
Died: 1994 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Singer, Songwriter

1941 – Harry Edward Nilsson III in real life was born on the 15th day of June this year in Brooklyn, New York.


1958 – He was hooked on the new wave of music, especially rhythm and blues artists like Ray Charles. He had taken early stabs at performing while he was working at the Paramount, forming a vocal duo with his friend Jerry Smith and singing close harmonies in the style of the Everly Brothers.


1963 – He began to have some early success as a songwriter, working with John Marascalco on a song for Little Richard.


1964 – Nilsson worked with Phil Spector, writing three songs with him. He also established a relationship with songwriter and publisher Perry Botkin, Jr., who began to find a market for Nilsson’s songs. Nilsson signed with RCA Victor in 1966 and released an album the following year.


1966 – His recording contract was picked up by Tower Records, who in 1966 released the first singles actually credited to Nilsson, as well the debut album Spotlight on Nilsson.


1969 – Nilsson’s next album, Harry, was his first to hit the charts, and also provided a Top 40 single with "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City"


1972 – He followed quickly with Son of Schmilsson, released while its predecessor was still on the charts.


1973 – He went back in California, and when John Lennon moved there during his separation from Yoko Ono, the two musicians rekindled their earlier friendship.


1975 – Nilsson’s voice had mostly recovered by his next release, Duit on Mon Dei in this year.


1980 – Nilsson was profoundly affected by the murder of his close friend John Lennon on December 8 of this year. He joined the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and make public appearances solely to raise money for the gun control cause.After a long hiatus from the studio, he started recording sporadically once again in the mid to late 1980s. Most of these recordings were commissioned songs for movies or television shows.


1991 – He found himself in a dire financial situation when his financial adviser Cindy Sims betrayed his trust and embezzled all the money he had ever made as a recording artist.


1994 – He passed away on the 15th of January this year.


2006 – As of this year, his final album, tentatively titled "Papa’s Got a Brown New Robe" – produced by Mark Hudson – has not been released.