July 9, 2010

(Harry Nilsson - consummate singer-songwriter, overshadowed by exploits)

Harry Nilsson has fallen in neglect somewhat the past few years and for absolutely no good reason. He was one of the most prolific singer-songwriters of the 1960's and early 70's. Probably more remembered now for his exploits as a turbo-charged party animal and his infamous association with John Lennon during Lennon's separation from Yoko Ono than for a rich cataloge of wonderful, timeless music. And that's a shame because Harry Nilsson was a true and accomplished talent who, much in the style of Billie Holiday "smoked a little too much and drank a little too much" - and that got in the way of a flourishing career.

Tonight's track, The Moonbeam Song comes from his classic Nilsson Schmilsson released in 1971 and featuring a virtual who's who of session musicians from L.A. and London. It's a three minute glimpse into the simple and beautiful craft of one of the music world's most gifted hero's.

There are so many of them.

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