Guitar player (Flash Harry, ...That's the Way It Is, Stop and Smell the Roses).
Tackett worked with Rod Stewart, Boz Scaggs, and Carly Simon before joining Little Feat in the 80's.
See: Fred Tackett Credits
See also: Fred Tackett.
Songwriter ("She Sits Down on Me")
See also: Quentin Tarantino.
Bassoon (...That's the Way It Is)
See also: Melvin Tax Credits.
Former press agent for The Beatles. Taylor introduced Harry's music to The Beatles.
"Derek has been one of the great influences on my life. I've had others. Lenny Bruce - I used to memorize all his routines. Ray Charles, whose Newport 1958 is one of the classic recordings of all time. Also, the Everly Brothers, Little Richard, and, of course, Elvis. ... [Derek] is a brilliant man; the most brilliant man I've ever met." -- Harry
See also: Derek Taylor Credits.
Choreographer of A Field of Grass.
See also: Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Television's Greatest Hits Vol. II is on the TeeVee Toons label.
See: TeeVee Records
See also: TeeVee Toons Home Page.
Telephone Productions, Inc.
The company formed to produce The Telephone.
Film based on a script by Harry and Terry Southern
See also: The Telephone.
Fluegelhorn (Aerial Ballet), Trumpet (Aerial Ballet, ...That's the Way It Is)
See also: Anthony Terran Credits.
Violin (Aerial Ballet)
See also: Darrel Terwilliger Credits.
That'll Be The Day
Producer David Puttnam was impressed by Harry's song "1941" and asked writer Ray Connolly to create a screenplay based on it. The resulting film, That'll Be the Day, does not closely resemble the story in the song. It is rumored that Harry made a cameo appearance in the film which may have ended up on the cutting room floor.
See also: That'll be The Day.
Guitar (Son of Schmilsson)
See also: Les Thatcher Credits.
Choir, Chorus (...That's the Way It Is)
See also: Bill Thedford Credits.
Third Story Music
Publisher ("Everybody's Talkin'")
Trumpet (Stop and Smell the Roses)
See also: Lee Thornburg Credits.
Three Dog Night
Musical Group which recorded Harry's "One.
See also: (Current) Three Dog Night Official Site.
Harry appeared on the cover of the February 12, 1973 issue of Time Magazine.
See also: Time Magazine Yahoo Links.
George Tipton was a music copyist in Perry Botkin's office when he put up the money to back a recording session for Harry. George arranged the recording and went on to become a highly-regarded music arranger.
Arranger/Conductor (Nilsson Schmilsson)
See also: George Tipton Credits.
The only one of The Monkees who didn't seem impressed when Harry auditioned songs for them. "Only Peter Tork couldn't give a shit."
See also: Peter Tork Biography.
Director (The Telephone)
See also: Rip Torn.
Dean O. Torrence
Dean O. Torrence is the "Dean" of Jan and Dean. Dean Torrence has designed the covers for many albums including several of Harry's.
See also: Official Jan and Dean Web Site.
Kathy Torrence crafted the needlepoint for the cover of The Point. The cover was designed by her brother, Dean O. Torrence.
Songwriter ("Mother In Law"). Allen Toussaint is a New Orlean's R&B singer, songwriter, and piano player. At one time, Harry considered recording an album of songs by Toussaint. He did record "Mother In Law" during the Papa's Got a Brown New Robe sessions.
See also: Allen Toussaint Biography.
Label which issued the Spotlight on Nilsson
Pete Townsend (of The Who) bought the London Apartment where both Keith Moon and Cass Elliot had died from Harry.
See also: Pete Townsend.
In 1963, Harry recorded a demo of a sang called "Wig Job" and was allowed to record on of his own songs, Donna I Understand for the B-side. Jack Tracy is the Mercury executive who said "I like the singer and I like the song 'Donna I Understand,' but the other side I don't like!'" after hearing the "Wig Job" single.
"So, as a result of that, I got signed by Mercury, and I said (to the song publisher), 'Bye!' They kept me on the label for a year and they didn't put anything out, and finally they put that one single out." The single was released under the name "Johnny Niles."
See also: Jack Tracy Credits.
The Traveling Wilburys
A group featuring George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and Roy Orbison.
See also: The Traveling Wilburys.
Songwriter ("Sixteen Tons")
See also: Merle Travis Biography.
Nilsson Schmilsson and Son of Schmilsson were recorded at Trident Studios in London.
The Troubadour Club. In 1974, Harry and John Lennon were ejected from a performance by the Smothers Brothers at the Troubadour Club, an incident that "ruined my reputation for 10 years. Get one Beatle drunk and look what happens!"
"It still haunts me. People think I'm an asshole and a mean guy. They still think I'm a rowdy bum from the '70s who happened to get drunk with John Lennon, that's all. I drank because they did. I just introduced John and Ringo to Brandy Alexanders, that was my problem." -- Harry
"That was in '74 and my brother and
I had just started working for a
couple of years. We were ready to
come back and play our first
appearance at the Troubadour in
many, many years -- actually,
since the television show went
off the air.
So, it was opening night and,
I mean, it was a huge Hollywood
opening. During our first set I
heard someone yelling about pigs.
It was fairly disgusting. It came
from an area that was kind of the
elite, raised area.
The Smothers Brothers have
slow timing. I work kind of
slow -- not the rapid-fire,
Robin Williams type of comedian.
And I kept looking over, and every
time I'd take a timing break,
it [the heckling] would come in.
I couldn't figure out who it was.
I knew Harry was there and I know
how Harry Nilsson gets because I've
been out with him when we've been
a little crazy. And I knew Lennon
was there, but I didn't know who
was doing it.
The heckling got so bad that all
of a sudden -- I couldn't see very
well from the stage -- but our
show was going downhill rapidly.
No one cared it was just a
happening anyway, but there was
a scuffle going on and we stopped
My wife, who I had just married,
ended up with Lennon's glasses
because of the punches that were
thrown. The he went outside 'cause
he was still angry and kicked the
car parker. I was pissed off because
here was Lennon, a pretty good friend
of mine, and Harry Nilsson was a
close -- I mean we were very tight and
had great respect for each other, but
they were tuned up pretty good and
Harry was very persistent saying,
'Tommy, I didn't do anything.' 'I
know you, Harry,' I said. 'You were
whispering to John to yell out those
things.' And he says, 'I didn't whisper
it -- I just made the suggestion.'
I forget how it came about, but he denied
having anything to do with it. But I knew
he did. He admitted it later.
Flowers came the next day, apologizing.
Those things happen. I looked at it then
as the way I still do now. The Beatles
weren't performing or recording anymore. Harry
Nilsson was working on other things and wasn't
recording a lot. And, when you're that high-energy
and that creative, and you don't have a job to focus
on, it comes out somewhere. It's either in someone
else's performance or jumping in.
It was another one of our highlights. A lot of our
career has been based on accidents." -- Tommy Smothers
The label which released the "Do You Wanna (Have Some Fun)" single.
Jennifer Trynin performs "Mournin' Glory Story" on the For The Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson album.
See also: Jennifer Trynin Biography.
Choir, Chorus (Pussy Cats)
Choir, Chorus (Pussy Cats)
Songwriter and producer. Harry recorded several demos for Turner which have been released on albums such as Nilsson '62 - The Debut Sessions and Early Tymes.
See also: Meet The Music Morsels Writers.
In 1987, Hawkeye Entertainment announced that it had signed a contract with The Turtles for three albums.
The Turtles recorded Harry's "Battle Of The Bands" and "The Story Of Rock And Roll".
See: The Turtles
See also: Official Turtles Home Page.