Biography

American singer, songwriter and musician Harry Nilsson achieved the peak of his commercial success in the late 1960's and early 1970's. On all but his earliest recordings he is credited simply as Nilsson. He is known for the hit singles "Everybody's Talkin'" (1969), "Without You" (1971), and "Coconut" (1972), the first two of which won him Grammy Awards for vocal performance. His songwriting credits during that period included the song “One”, made famous by the rock band Three Dog Night. Hallmarks of Nilsson's music included his genre-bending style (called "salon rock" by some) and his remarkable tenor voice which ranged over three octaves. Nilsson was much admired by The Beatles and formed lasting friendships with them, especially with John Lennon and Ringo Starr. A complicated personality, Nilsson proved to be one of the few major pop-rock recording artists of his era to achieve significant commercial success despite never performing live concerts.  He contributed songs to a few films including Robert Altman's "Popeye" (1980) and singing the standard "How About You?" for the soundrack of "The Fisher King" (1994). After a period of declining health, Harry Nilsson died at the age of 52 from heart disease at his home outside Los Angeles.

American singer, songwriter and musician Harry Nilsson achieved the peak of his commercial success in the late 1960's and early 1970's. On all but his earliest recordings he is credited simply as Nilsson. He is known for the hit singles "Everybody's Talkin'" (1969), "Without You" (1971), and "Coconut" (1972), the first two of which won him Grammy Awards for vocal performance. His songwriting credits during that period included the song “One”, made famous by the rock band Three Dog Night. Hallmarks of Nilsson's music included his genre-bending style (called "salon rock" by some) and his remarkable tenor voice which ranged over three octaves. Nilsson was much admired by The Beatles and formed lasting friendships with them, especially with John Lennon and Ringo Starr. A complicated personality, Nilsson proved to be one of the few major pop-rock recording artists of his era to achieve significant commercial success despite never performing live concerts.  He contributed songs to a few films including Robert Altman's "Popeye" (1980) and singing the standard "How About You?" for the soundrack of "The Fisher King" (1994). After a period of declining health, Harry Nilsson died at the age of 52 from heart disease at his home outside Los Angeles.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 9

Birthday 1941-06-15

Day of Death 1994-01-15

Place of Birth -

Official Site -

Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2010 Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) as Himself/Narrator/Singer (archive footage)
1974 Son of Dracula as Count Downe
1973 A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night as Himself
1972 The Music Of Nilsson as Himself
1968 Skidoo as Tower Guard
1968 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1 episode)

Sound

2010 Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) Original Music Composer
1980 Popeye Original Music Composer
1971 The Point! Original Music Composer
1968 Skidoo Original Music Composer

Writing

1988 The Telephone Writer
1971 The Point! Story

Production

1971 The Point! Producer

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