Nilsson was born in in 1941. His paternal grandparents were Swedish performers and dancers, especially known for their "aerial ballet" (which is the title of one of Nilsson's albums). His father, Harry Edward Nilsson Jr., abandoned the family when Harry was three years old. An autobiographical reference to this is found in the opening to Nilsson's song "1941":
Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994), usually credited as Nilsson, was an American who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. His work is characterized by pioneering experiments, returns to the , and fusions of .
Hall of Fame...what a joke. they should be ashamed to never have put harry nilsson in the hall of fame. winning grammys, writing top hits for other artists, doing a full length music cartoon, which schools still show to children. one of the greatest voices of the ROCK era.
Posted by sharon unruh on Monday, 08.10.15 @ 11:47am
Harry Nilsson’s records, especially the early ones, were deceptive; his sweet, mellow voice and musical facility made them feel effortless, as pretty and lightweight as bubbles. But he was sugar-coating complex emotional detail, a sleight of hand also employed by peers Brian Wilson and Randy Newman, whose work his resembles. On 1941, the second song on 1967 RCA debut Pandemonium Shadow Show, he sings of a boy born in 1941 whose father walks out three years later. It was Harry’s own story.
Now comes the turn of American songwriter Harry Nilsson who, despite a large back catalogue, is largely known for just a few songs: Without You (a cover of a Badfinger tune), Everybody’s Talkin’ (the theme tune, written by Fred Neil, of the movie Midnight Cowboy), and One (covered most famously perhaps by Aimee Mann on the soundtrack to the movie Magnolia).