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Songs About Harry Nilsson

The following is a list of songs written about Harry Nilsson or which contain mentions of Harry or references to his music.

"Our National Pastime" by Rupert Holmes For the 1974 album "Widescreen," Rupert Holmes wrote a story of seduction at a Mets baseball game -- set to the tune of the Star Spangled Banner -- called "Our National Pastime."

The relevant lyric comes as Warren Hitler attempts to pick up Karen Keene by describing what will happen when they get back to his place:

A quick glass of wine, then I'll feed you a line.
Nilsson will sing and you won't feel a thing.

Interestingly, when this was performed in concert later, Holmes changed the lyric to "Manilow will sing..."

"Nilsson" by Little Sue

The "alt-country" album Crow by Susannah Weaver (aka Little Sue) includes a song called "Nilsson" which is a homage to Harry Nilsson. The album, released in March of 1999, is available on CD from Amazon.com. An audio sample of the song "Nilsson" is available on the Cravedog Records web site.

"He Spins Around" by Bob Segarini

Bob Segarini (who co-wrote "Miss Butter's Lament" with Harry) later wrote and recorded the song "He Spins Around" about Harry.

"Nilsson Sings Newman" by Paul Williams

Paul Williams wrote and recorded the song "Nilsson Sings Newman" which mentions both Harry and Randy Newman: "You don't like Schumann or Randy Newman, and Nilsson's simply not your cup of tea ...." The song is available on his Here Comes Inspiration album.

"Life is a Rock" by Reunion

This song hit the top 10 in 1974 - peaking at number 8 on November 16, 1974. The song is available on Nipper's Greatest Hits - The 70's (which also includes Harry's performance of "Without You").

Tracey Ullman also recorded the Norman Dolph, Paul DiFranco, Joey Levine composition for her 1983 album You Broke My Heart in 17 Places. The song is also available on The Best Of Tracey Ullman.

Richard Perry, Spector, Barry, Rogers-Hart, Nilsson, Harry,
Shimmy shimmy ko-ko bop and Fats is back and Finger Poppin' ...

"When Harry Got to Heaven" by Laurence Juber

Laurence Juber, former Wings guitarist, wrote and performs the instrumental song "When Harry Got to Heaven" as a tribute to his friend, Harry Nilsson. During concerts, he introduces the song by telling a story about Harry's funeral. The Northridge earthquake had shaken Southern California just after Harry died and aftershocks were still being felt. A joke was circulated that said the earthquake was caused when Harry got to heaven and discovered they have no bars.

The song is available on LJ's Mosaic album.