June 3, 2012

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Fred Neil - wrote music made famous by other people.


Probably one of the most gifted and baffling singer-songwriters of the 1960's. Fred Neil made a huge impact on the Folk scene in the late 1950's and early 1960's. As a songwriter he was responsible for such acknowledged classics as "Everybody's Talkin'", which became a massive hit for Harry Nilsson and figured prominently in the iconic film Midnight Cowboy. So much of his material was covered by other artists that his own versions of his songs were often overlooked by the mainstream audience. But by his peers, his was a unique and indelible voice in the music world. And just as he was hitting the crest of a popularity wave, he turned his back and quietly faded from view, only resurfacing briefly until his untimely death in 2001 robbed the music world of one its most distinctive and unique voices.

Tonight it's a track off the Everybody's Talkin' album he recorded for Capitol Records in 1967. That's The Bag I'm In is very much in the mold of Neil's style - a somewhat cynical and dark view of the world, filled with irony and excess. It was a world Fred Neil knew quite a bit about.

If you aren't familiar with him, but may be familiar with some of his material, here's a good chance to hear it from the Man himself, as only Fred Neil could do it.

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