Harry NilssonSinger / Songwriter
Born: 15 June 1941
Died: 15 January 1994 (heart attack)
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Best known as: The guy who sang "Jump into the Fire"
Harry Nilsson worked at a bank and wrote songs on the side, mostly jingles and pop tunes in the mid-1960s. Under contract with RCA, his first record was a flop, but it yielded hits for The Monkees and Three Dog Night. In the late 1960s Nilsson was everywhere: pal to the Beatles (especially John
); singer of "Everybody's Talkin'," the theme to the movie Midnight Cowboy
(1969); singer of the theme to the TV show The Courtship of Eddie's Father
; composer of the soundtrack to the animated movie The Point
(with its hit single "Me and My Arrow"); and singer of the number one hit, "Without You." Nilsson had great vocal range and a pop sensibility that was at turns lyrical and whimsical. He released records in the mid-70s and '80s, but he was no health nut and no stranger to alcohol. He died of an apparent heart attack in 1994.
Nilsson’s apartment in London is where Mama Cass died, and where The Who’s Keith Moon died.
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