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Michael Sahakian

Real estate agent with Prudential Rodeo Realty's Beverly Hills office who represented the buyers when the Nilssons sold their house in Bel-Air.

Saturn Awards

Hawkeye Entertainment once had the rights to broadcast the Saturn Awards show


SBIZ was the NASDAQ symbol for Harry's Hawkeye Entertainment.

Boz Scaggs

Fred Tackett once played guitar for Boz Scaggs.

See also: Boz Scaggs.

Ralph Schaeffer

Violin (...That's the Way It Is)

See also: Ralph Schaeffer Credits.

Peter Scherer

Scherer plays the synthesizer on Harry's recording of "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."

See also: Peter Scherer Credits.

John Schlesinger

Director of Midnight Cowboy. When an interviewer for Movie Magazine stated that "Everybody's Talkin'" was a perfect song for the film, Schlesinger replied:
Total, total fluke. My assistant suggested it. I didn't know who Harry Nilsson was at the time but lyrically it's perfect as well as rhythmically. The studio didn't want to buy it, though, because it was already published and they didn't have the rights. But when we showed the film to UA for the first time, the head of music leapt up said "Where did you get that song from? That is a fabulous song!" So we told him he'd heard it six months earlier when we'd brought it by, and he said "Well, I don't remember. We gotta get it, we gotta get it!" [Laughs]

See also: John Schlesinger.

Rick Schlosser

Drums (Flash Harry)

See also: Rick Schlosser Credits.


See Harryhead.

Richie Schmitt

Engineer (...That's the Way It Is, "I'll Never Leave You" and "Early In The Morning")

See also: Richie Schmitt Credits.

Fred Schneider

Fred Schneider (a member of the B-52s) perfomed "Coconut" on the For The Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson album.

See also: Fred Schneider.

Sue Schnelzer

Frequent contributor to the Everybody's Talkin' newsletter.

David Schwartz

Viola (...That's the Way It Is)

See also: David Schwartz Credits.

Jean Schwartz

Songwriter ("Trust In Me")

Ken Scott

Engineer (Son of Schmilsson)

See also: Ken Scott.

Tom Scott

Musician (Harry)

See also: Tom Scott Biography.

Scotti Brothers

The label on which Frank Stallone's "Sea Song"/"Case of You" single was issued.

See also: Scotti Brothers Records.

Screen Gems

The Monkees's record company.

Bob Segarini

See Joseph Segarini.

Joseph Segarini

Songwriter, Singer, Musician. Robert Joseph "Bob" Segarini co-wrote "Miss Butter's Lament" with Harry.
"Harry wrote most of 'One' on my old upright piano on a visit to Stockton, California, to show me the result of his first big royalty check ... a used Jaguar sedan ... He was so proud of that piece of shit he drove over 400 miles just to show it off."
Segarini plays the doubled piano on Harry's "Cuddly Toy" and sings some of the backing.

See also: Bob Segarini Biography.

David Seltzer

Screenwriter ("The Story of Eric")

Ron Sexsmith

Ron Sexsmith performs "Good Old Desk" on the For The Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson album.

See: Ron Sexsmith

See also: Ron Sexsmith Official Site.

J. R. Shaklin

Songwriter ("She's Yours").


Tony Martin Jr.'s studio in Los Angeles where the Camp Candy" was recorded.


The Shangri-Las recorded Harry's "Paradise."

See also: Shangri-Las.

Clifford Shank

Soprano Saxophone (Duit on Mon Dei)

See also: Clifford Shank Credits.

Sid Sharp

Violin (...That's the Way It Is)

See also: Sid Sharp Credits.

Sandie Shaw

Sandie Shaw recorded Harry's "Together."

See also: Sandie Shaw.

Harry Shearer

Songwriter ("Party from Outer Space")

See also: Harry Shearer.

Tommy Shepard

Trombone (Duit on Mon Dei)

See also: Tommy Shepard Credits.

James Sheppard

Songwriter ("A Thousand Miles Away")

Andrea T. Sheridan

A friend of Harry's, Andrea wrote the essays for several Nilsson CD reissues including Pandemonium Shadow Show, Aerial Ballet, Aerial Pandemonium Ballet.

Richard Sherman

Songwriter ("You're Sixteen")

Robert Sherman

Songwriter ("You're Sixteen")

Harry Shlutz

Cello (...That's the Way It Is)

See also: Harry Shlutz Credits.

Mort Shuman

Songwriter ("Save the Last Dance for Me")

Paul Shure

Violin (...That's the Way It Is)

See also: Paul Shure Credits.

Labi Siffre

Poet, songwriter, singer, musician. Labi Siffre recorded a version of Harry's "Maybe."

See also: Labi Siffre.

Henry Sigismonti

French Horn (...That's the Way It Is)

See also: Henry Sigismonti Credit.

Jessica Silverstein

Jessica Silverstein sings backup and double lead vocals for th eunreleased song "245 Lb. Man."

Kathy Simmonds

Harry's model girlfriend at the time the A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night album was recorded. Simmonds would later be seen (briefly) dating George Harrison.

Simmonds starred in the 1968 film, "The Touchables" directed by Beatlesí photographer Robert Freeman. The film featured music by Nirvana (not that Nirvana).

Carly Simon

Singer, Songwriter

See also: Carly Simon Biography.

Simple Life

Ringo Starr appeared in four Japanese TV commercials for Simple Life Leisure Suits. The commercials show Ringo encountering unusual creatures while wearing his Simple Life suit and lip-synching to a jingle. The backing vocals for the jingle are sung by Davy Jones and Harry Nilsson.

Cindy Sims

Cindy Sims was Harry's business manager and a co-founder of Hawkeye Entertainment. In 1991 Harry and Una had just moved to a new home in Hidden Hills and had placed their Bel-Air home on the market when they discovered that Sims had been embezzling their money.

The Nilssons were forced into bankruptcy. "We went to bed one night a financially secure family of eight and woke up the next morning with $300 in our checking account," Nilsson wrote in a letter filed in court. Sims even took foreclosure notices off his home so he wouldn't know. Finally, one Sunday morning, the Nilssons found one of the notices in the mailbox. It was the first Harry knew of the financial problems. "I'm scared," Harry wrote in the court letter, "I never believed this could happen. It was my greatest fear growing up and it's still my greatest fear. I used to tell Cindy (Sims) the worst thing that could happen to me would be to not have money again." Harry and his family were forced to borrow money from friends such as Ringo Starr and to move to a more modest home in Agoura Hills.

Sims pleaded guilty to three counts of grand theft and served two years in state prison before being paroled in June of 1994.

Frank Sinatra

See also: Frank Sinatra.

Zodiac Singers

Backup Vocals (Duit on Mon Dei)

Six Continents

Publisher of many of Harry's songs.


Harry's childhood nickname.


A film by Otto Preminger which features a score by Harry.

See also: Skidoo (1968).

Skull Music

Publisher ("Daylight Has Caught Me").

Ron Slenzak

Cover Photography (Knnillssonn)

See also: Ron Slenzak.

Dennis Smith

Engineer ("I'll Never Leave You" and "Early In The Morning")

Ian Smith

Songwriter ("The Wailing Of The Willow")

Jerry Smith

Songwriter ("Our Last Goodbye"). During the early 1960's, Harry made a brief public singing performance with Jerry:
We did one [performance]. Well, we did half of one. There was an oldies but goodies type show, a road show with all rock 'n' rollers: the Safaris, the Elegants, Don and Dewey. This promoter, Hal Ziger, needed an act to fill in for the Safaris.

We said, 'Okay. What do we sing?' He said, 'Whatever the heck you want! It pays 15 dollars. Do you want it?' So, came the night, we had to be at (a bar at) 35th and Weston, which is a tough area, South Central L.A. We got there at 11 in the morning for some reason. They were still cleaning out the bar. It stunk of whiskey. It was a black bar, in a black neighborhood. Pretty soon the musicians all started showing up, carrying their guitars and cases and everything, and we were scared to death. We didn't know what the hell we had gotten into. Then they said, 'Okay, bus time!' So we get on the bus and the first thing the driver does, he looks back at everybody, then he looks toward us and says, 'Back of the bus!' We were the only white guys there! And everybody cracked up, saying, 'Hey, that's all right, man, you're all right. You can sit here if you want. He's just being friendly, you know.' It was hysterical. We drove to a place right outside of San Diego called National City, to this big auditorium there. It seated about a couple thousand people, and the audience was all black.

When it was our turn to go on, we went, 'Holy Jesus what have we gotten ourselves into now?' We had bought some blue corduroys and blue sweaters like the Kingston Trio. Alpaca sweaters! And the gig was paying, don't forget, 15 dollars. So we went our onstage, believe it or not, and we walked out and there were howls of laughter. I mean, that place went nuts! We were scared; we'd never done anything like this before anyway, and this was really scary. And I looked at Jerry and he looked at me and we both looked at each other in fear. We didn't look at the audience, just at each other!

We sang, 'If I Had A Hammer.'

Now, if they had had hammers, they would have killed us! They started laughing, and at the end of it they roared approval. They were screaming and clapping, all in fun. And I said, 'That's it,' and he said, 'That's it. We're outta here.'

So we got the first bus back to L.A., where we found our Volkswagen trashed. So the whole thing cost me a car, the Alpaca sweater, and then, on top of that, I gave a check to Hal Ziger. I said, Here's 10 dollars back. We only did one song. Since I gave him his money back, my amateur status was still intact.

Roger Smith

The publisher of "Everybody's Talkin'" - a newsletter for fans of Harry Nilsson - and the maintainer of the Harry Nilsson Web Pages.

Smothers Brothers

The Smothers Brothers were performing at the Troubadour when Harry and John Lennon were thrown out of the club. Harry later apologized to his friend, Tom Smothers.

See also: Smothers Brothers.

Tommy Smothers

One of the Smothers Brothers. Tommy was a good friend of Harry's (both before and after the (in)famous Troubadour incident.

Richie Snare

Ringo Starr. Drums (Son of Schmilsson)

See also: Richie Snare Credits.

Sneeky Pete

Pete Kleinow. Steel guitar player on the Pussy Cats album.

See also: Sneaky Pete Kleinow Biography.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Ray Bradbury novel which inspired the title of Harry's first RCA album, Pandemonium Shadow Show. Harry had originally intended to call the album "Something Wicked This Way Comes" but Bradbury's lawyers objected. Ray Bradbury, himself, had no objections and was, in fact, flattered that Harry wanted to name the album after his novel.

See also: Ray Bradbury Page.

Son of Dracula

Film starring Harry and Ringo Starr.

Count Down (Harry), the son of Dracula, is "into just about every kind of music there is." The Count is about the be crowned the "Overlord of the Netherworld" when he has a change of heart. Dr. Van Helsing proposes an operation which will make the Count mortal and give him the capacity to love - and force him to relinquish the Netherworld trone. Throw in Baron Frankenstein, "Daybreak." and some tracks from Nilsson Schmilsson and Son of Schmilsson and you have Son of Dracula.

Directed by Freddie Francis
Co-starring Freddie Jones
Screenplay by Jay Fairbank
Music by Paul Buckmaster
Produced by Ringo Starr
An Apple Films Production
Distributed by Cinemation Industries

"It is not the best film ever made, but I've seen worse." -- Ringo Starr.

Of the nine songs in the soundtrack, only "Daybreak" was written especially for the film.

"I produced it for Apple. We had this script, Drac takes the cure, marries the girl and goes off into the sunlight [guffaws at the memory] - and it was the only movie we wanted to make. I called Harry because he was a blonde bombshell and we had his teeth fixed, which his mother was always thankful for. We had a lot of fun, there's a lot of musicians in it - John Bonham, Keith Moon, Peter Frampton. We had the premiere in Atlanta, the first movie since 'Gone With the Wind' to open there, and we had 12,000 kids screaming, we had bands ... but we left town the next day, and so did everyone else. In America, the movie only played in towns that had one cinema, because it it had two, no matter what was on down the road, they'd all go there! It's a bit of a shambles now - we went into a studio with Graham Chapman and re-voiced a lot of it, so it makes even less sense now." -- Ringo Starr

See also: Son of Dracula (1974).


Label which released Forrest Gump Soundtrack

See also: Sony.

Terry Southern

Novelist, Screenwriter. Harry and Terry co-wrote The Telephone which starred Whoopi Goldberg. They were also two of the co-founders of Hawkeye Entertainment. Terry was Hawkeye's Vice President of Library and Script Development.

See: Terry Southern Books

See also: Interview with a Grand Guy.

A Souvenir

The label which issued Harry's "Also Sprach Schmilsson Schmixon."

Phil Spector

Famed record producer known for lavish orchestrations. Songwriter ("River Deep-Mountain High," "This Could Be The Night," "Here I Sit")

See: Phil Spector Biography

See also: Phil Spector.

Ronnie Spector

Singer. Member of the Ronettes which recorded "Here I Sit" and "Paradise."

See also: Ronnie Spector.

Chris Spedding

Guitar/Guitar (Nilsson Schmilsson), Bouzouki (Son of Schmilsson)

See: Chris Spedding Biography

See also: Chris Spedding Official Web Site.

Bennett L. Spiegel

Lawyer who handled Harry's bankruptcy for the law firm of Levene & Eisenberg

Spindle Top

Label which issued the "Donna I Understand" single.


Label which issued the Early Tymes album.

St. James Club

It has been reported that Harry often joined other famous musicians onstage at the, now closed, St. James Club in Los Angeles.

St. Paul's Cathedral Boy's Choir

The choir in Harry's "Perfect Day."

See also: St Paul's Cathedral Choir.

Fred Staehle

Drums (Flash Harry)

See also: Fred Staehle Credits.

Frank Stallone

Sly's songwriting/singing brother. Nilsson produced Frank's "Sea Song"/"Case of You single. It was during the "Case of You" session that Harry learned of John Lennon's death.

"A kid came running in the other side of the studio and he said 'John Lennon's just been shot. He's dead.' And it was like, 'what?' And everything just stopped for a minute. People just looked at each other and shook their heads. I went into the bathroom and put a wet towel on my face and said 'Jesus Christ, not him.'" -- Harry

See also: Frank Stalllone Official Web Site.

Paul Stallworth

Songwriter ("It's So Easy"), Musician (Flash Harry)

See also: Paul Stallworth Credits.

Steve Stanley

Engineer (Stop and Smell the Roses)

See also: Steve Stanley Credits.

Richard Starkey

Ringo Starr's real name.

See also: Ringo Starr.

Ringo Starr

Drums (Duit on Mon Dei)

Singer, Actor. Drummer. Ringo was a good friend of Harry's and appears on many of Harry's albums.

In 1979, Ringo was living in a home which he rented from Harry. Unfortunately, the home was destroyed by a fire. Everyone escaped safely, but much of Ringo's Beatles memorabilia was lost.

See also: Ringo Starr.

David Steinberg

Choir, Chorus (Pussy Cats)

Stepney and Pinner Choir #6

At the end of the Son of Schmilsson album Richard Perry says "Goodbye, Harry" to which Harry replies, "See ya next album, Richard." According to Nilsson expert, Curtis Armstrong, this was something of an inside joke: during the "I'd Rather Be Dead" sessions Harry and Richard brought in the Stepney and Pinner Choir #6, a group of senior citizens, to sing on the track. The day turned into something of a party for everyone. At one point, Harry and Richard were up in the booth listening to a playback with Klaus Voormann when they heard a weird sound on the recording. They played it back over and over trying to determine what it was. Finally, Voormann, who Harry claimed has ears like no one else on earth, said it sounded to him like a wooden leg creaking. This put Harry and Richard into a bit of a bind, as they were a little embarrassed about asking a roomful of pensioners if any of them had a wooden leg. But there seemed to be little choice as the clock was ticking on the session which had already gone on for hours. Richard, very apologetically, asked if there was anyone in the room with a wooden leg. "I 'ave!" said one. So they asked him to please try and keep still while the tape was rolling. At the end of the session, as the Choir were headed out for the bus and saying their goodbyes, the fellow with the wooden leg tipped his cap to Harry and Richard and said, "Well, see ya next album!"

Stereo Review

Audio magazine. Stereo Review selected Nilsson Sings Newman as "Record of the Year."

Rod Stewart

See: Rod Stewart

See also: Rod Stewart Yahoo Links.

Sebastian Stores

Songwriter ("Readin' Ridin' And Racin'")

Billy Storm

Songwriter ("Everybody Do The Philly")

The Story of Eric

"The Story of Eric" is a 34-minute color documentary about natural childbirth. Harry wrote and sang, "I Am Waiting" for the film.

"Harry wrote and sang the song for a little film about Lamaze childbirth done by some friends we had met during our own Lamaze adventure in 1970-71, which culminated in the birth of Zak." -- Diane Nilsson

Centre Films, 1972. Summary: Follows a young mother through her first childbearing experience to help educate parents about the Lamaze method of prepared childbirth.

Kendal Stubbs

Engineer (Stop and Smell the Roses)

See also: Kendal Stubbs Credits.


Publisher of songs from Nilsson Sings Newman

Summer Swann

Production Designer for The Point (stage)'s 1991 revival at the Chapel Court Theater in Hollywood, California.

Polly Sweeney

Violin (...That's the Way It Is)

See also: Polly Sweeney Credits.