There's a tribute album of Harry songs called 'I'm Only
Sleeping' by EJ
Early in his career, he was known as Johnny Niles
First song? Readin',
Ridin' and Racin'
Alice Cooper - 'Harry and Alice [Cooper] were drinking
buddies. I have somewhere an interview with Harry from the early seventies which Alice
crashed. For years, here in Hollywood, there was a board hanging upstairs at (I think) the
Rainbow signed by Harry, Keith Moon and Alice, as the Vampires.
Nilsson Sings Nixon - Harry had a strong dislike for Richard Nixon and was so pleased by the president's downfall that he dedicated an album to Frank Wills, the security guard who foiled the Watergate burglary.
RCA Harry was angered by RCA's release of a 'Greatest Hits' album which features a look-a-like on the front cover. 'Look at this. This is RCA for you. That's not me. Now, do you think RCA has got any fucking soul whatsoever, when they do shit like this? I begged them in the very beginning, 'Don't ever put out a best-of album until I'm dead or I'm off the label.' And, no, they sneak this out and don't tell me about it, and hire a guy to look like me, and then they took and old picture of me and reversed it and put it in the mirror. How about that for trash?'
Never My Love: The Lost Album Sessions_ by the Addrisi
Harry Does Yoko is the name Harry used for the collection of songs by Yoko Ono which he recorded. Harry recorded eight songs - 'Silver Horse', 'Loneliness', 'Dream Love', 'Smile', 'Listen the Snow is Falling', 'Toy Boat', 'Tears Dry', and 'Never Say Goodbye'. The first three songs appeared on the Every Man Has a Woman collection. 'Never Say Goodbye' was released in 1993 on a promotional four-track CD called 'New York Rock'. The other four songs have not been released. Oliver Hardy makes a brief appearance in the video for 'Loneliness.' (once? seen on VH1).
Party From Outer Space Harry appears as 'Lassie' on Albert Brooks' _A Star Is Bought_. Harry recalls sleeping off a drunk one night on the floor at Brooks' small house in the Hollywood Hills. His host appeared before him dressed in a clown suit and whispered his name like a beckoning ghost.
RCA ... I was sitting in a coffee shop with a one-time collaborator, Sebastian Stores, and he said 'Hey, they ve got a new A&R guy at RCA, Rick Jarrard. And he's under 50. Why don't you go over and see him?' I wasn't doing anything, so that afternoon, I picked up my guitar and went over to RCA and auditioned for Jarrard. I sang 'Without Her,' '1941,' and 'Don't Leave Me.' Jarrard said 'Great, that's enough. You've got a deal.' Albiet, he had some trouble convincing the guys on the top floor. They said 'Why do we need another singer/songwriter? We already have Rod McKuen.' Rick went over their heads and signed me anyway.
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Nilsson, his life and his music.