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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by teleon, May 26, 2020.
Two of his best covers.
I remember " Jump Into The Fire"
and "Me and My Arrow"
( but don't know how to post songs here)
Love Harry Nillson. Fred Neil wrote Everybody's Talkin and I love his version, too.
From Oblio to you Chio
Man..he had THE voice didn't he!
Like a 3 octave range or something.
Posted along with the song! I forgot it was in this movie!
Name the movie!
"I was gonna be busy all day. I had to drop off some guns at Jimmy's to match some silencers he had gotten. I had to pick up my brother at the hospital and drive him back to the house for dinner that night. And then I had to pick up some new Pittsburgh stuff for Lois to fly down to some customers I had near Atlanta. Right away I knew he didn't want them. I knew I was gonna get stuck for the money and I only bought the damn guns because he wanted them and now he didn't want them. I didn't say a thing. Jimmy was so pissed off he didn't even say goodbye. Now I knew my Pittsburgh guys always wanted guns and since I was gonna see them later in the afternoon to pick up a delivery, I was pretty sure I'd get my money back."
I once had a 90 minute phone call with Harry on a pay phone and thank God I didn’t run out of quarters! He was such a story teller, a real raconteur. Nilsson Sings Newman is one of my very favorite albums.
Me, my kids, and now my grandkids love the album AND the video
I should have some compunction about posting this, but since I listened to it as a 10 year old, here goes. Old, but au courant:
Remember my older sister playing his albums back in the 70's, still love to hear his music today
the Beatles love him... best artist in America, etc...
the one that sticks in my head (for the last 50 years) is mournin' glory story
and of course.... you're breaking my heart
Without you- written by Badfinger’s Pete Ham....so sad.
The two covers mentioned to kick off this thread were fantastic.
I have an original 33 RPM of the Badfinger "No Dice" album, which has their original version of "Without You." I also have an original 45 RPM record of the Nilsson cover. I'll be holding on to each one.
I've also got the 45 of "Me and My Arrow." It is not in the same league as the other two songs, but holds its own just fine.
pffft Nilsson schmilsson
A great Harry Nilsson memory.
We were having a fun and productive band practice one time last year, getting ready for an outdoor sports fest gig.
Screwing around while my brother went to take a leak and bring back some fresh beers, I found my self noodling around on a C7 chord.
"What is this chord?" I asked Lisa and Joe. "Man, it's familiar."
I kept gently arpeggiating away at it. "I do remember Mac Davis used to play it when he was talking to the audience, and preparing to play something else, but I'm remembering a specific song..."
Lisa smiled, and began singing, "You put de lime in de coconut, you drink em bot' up, you put de lime in de coconut...."
We laughed and all began to sing that Harry Nilsson song.
"Doctor," we sang, "Ain't dere nothin I can take, DOCTOR! to relieve this belly ache," and man, was it was a hoot.
Stacey got back and picked up his bass, and then Joe gently joined in on drums. We sang and laughed and got the groove going.
At one point, Joe the drummer surprised me by singing, spot-on, in a deep baritone, "NOW LET ME GET DIS STRAIGHT, You put the lime in the coconut, you drink 'em bot' together, you put the lime in the coconut and you'll feel better!"
I nearly passed out laughing.
First of all, it's an obscure song.
Second, it's really old.
Stacey and Lisa and I are old enough to remember it as a radio hit, but Joe was just in his late 30's. How did he know that song, and sing that part so perfectly??
Such a good band memory.
We have since flirted with the idea, but we have never played it before a live audience. I guess we need to wait before we get in front of an elderly, fairly drunk crowd of party people.
That would be your target audience. I remember that song well.
I immediately went and watched the whole movie after I posted that last night!
Goodfellas of course!