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The Wailing Of The Willow

Writer: Harry Nilsson / Ian Smith
Publisher: Unichappell Music / Six Continents Music
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Producer: Rick Jarrard
Arranger: George Tipton
"This came out of my bossa nova period." -- Harry.

Astrud Gilberto, the girl from Ipanema, recorded a cover of "The Wailing of the Willow."

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Waiting

Writer: Harry Nilsson
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From the movie Jenny starring Marlo Thomas and Alan Alda.

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Waking Up

Writer: Harry Nilsson / Richard Starkey
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Unreleased song recorded by Ringo Starr



Wasting My Time

Writer: Harry Nilsson
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Recorded: August 24, 1968
Producer: Rick Jarrard
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A previous unreleased song included on the Personal Best - The Harry Nilsson Anthology collection.

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Wedding Song

Writer: Harry Nilsson / Perry Botkin
Publisher: Golden Syrup Music
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What Can I Do

Writer: Harry Nilsson / Scott Turner
Publisher: Irving Music
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What Does A Woman See In A Man

Writer: Jimmy Webb
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One of the tracks Harry recorded during the Papa's Got a Brown New Robe sessions.



What You Goin' To Do When The Rent Comes 'Round? (Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown)

Writer: Harry von Tilzer (music)/Andrew B. Sterling (lyrics)
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A track from Touch of Ragtime by George Segal and the Imperial Jazzband. Nilsson joins Segal on vocal and piano for the song. According to the liner notes by Nat Hentoff, "Nilsson, says George Segal, dropped in on the way to a session with John Lennon. As it turned out, he was two hours late for the latter gig."

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What'll I Do

Writer: Irving Berlin
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Recorded: March 15-22, 1973
Producer: Derek Taylor
Arranger: Gordon Jenkins

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What's Your Sign

Writer: Harry Nilsson
Publisher: EMI Blackwood Music
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Producer: Harry Nilsson
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"What's Your Sign" is a duet with Gloria Jones.

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When You Fall For A Guy

Writer: Harry Nilsson
Publisher: Irving Music
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When You Wish Upon a Star

Writer: Leigh Harline / Ned Washington
Publisher: Bourne Co.
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Producer: Hal Willner/Van Dyke Parks
Arranger: Lenny Niehaus
Performed by Ringo Starr on the Stay Awake album. Nilsson is credited with playing the whistle.



Who Done It?

Writer: Harry Nilsson
Publisher: Golden Syrup Music
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Producer: Harry Nilsson
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A ""locked-room mystery"" set to music. Thirteen people are in the house; a shot rings out. Who done it?

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Who Pulled The Blues Right Out

Writer: Harry Nilsson
Publisher: Warner-Tamerlane Hastings Catalog, Inc. / Unichappell Music / Six Continents Music
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Wig Job

Writer: Buddy Lee
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Harry was lounging around Hal Ziger's office in 1963 when someone came in with a song they wanted recorded. Harry recorded a demo of "Wig Job" and recorded his own "Donna I Understand for the B-Side. When an executive at Mercury heard the single, he said "I like the singer and I like the song 'Donna I Understand,' but the other side I don't like!'

Harry was singed to Mercury, and a year later they released "Donna" as a single. The single listed "Johnny Niles" as the singer.



Will She Miss Me

Writer: Harry Nilsson
Publisher: Golden Syrup Music
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Producer: Harry Nilsson for Nilsson House
Arranger: Perry Botkin

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

Writer: Carole King / Gerald Goffin
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One of the tracks Harry recorded during the Papa's Got a Brown New Robe sessions. Harry invited Carole King to sing backing vocals, but she never showed.



The Will

Writer: Scott Turner / Kevin Young
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Recorded: 1962
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With a Bullet

Writer: Harry Nilsson
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Recorded: June 27, 1982
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A-Side of a limited edition single produced for sale at the Beatlefest conventions. All proceeds from the sales of the single benefit the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Harry is backed by Phil Melcher, Buzzy Linhart, and Mark Lapidos.



Without Her

Writer: Harry Nilsson
Publisher: Beechwood Music
Recorded: February 17, 1967
Producer: Rick Jarrard
Arranger: George Tipton
Originally on Pandemonium Shadow Show this song also appeared on Aerial Pandemonium Ballet. Herb Alpert, Glen Campbell, and Jack Jones recorded covers of "Without Her".

"It drove me nuts. I must have played it a million times." -- Al Kooper

Harry performed "Without Her" during his The Ghost and Mrs. Muir TV appearance. "I was advised to have a manager so that year I had one. He suggested I accept the part. So I just went on and did what they told me. It was awful!"

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Without Him

Writer: Harry Nilsson
Publisher: Beechwood Music
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Gender-changed version of "Without Her



Without You

Writer: Pete Ham / Tom Evans
Publisher: Warner Bros. Music Corp.
Recorded: June, 1971
Producer: Richard Perry
Arranger: Paul Buckmaster
"Without You" was Harry's biggest hit and earned Harry a Grammy®. Melody Maker and Disc named the song "Record of the Year."

"I was at a friend's house in Laurel Canyon and we were playing records. Late at night, we're sitting on the floor, and I heard this thing in the background and it said 'you ....' And I thought it was a Lennon song. The next day I called and said, 'What was that song that went 'you...'? I think it's Lenon and it could be from a Beatles album.' So everybody got fifteen people looking through Beatles albums. They came back to me and said, 'Well, they have a lot of songs with 'you' in them.' Then I thought, 'I know, it's by Grapefruit.' And so we went through all that again. And then someone else came up with Badfinger. So I got the album and it wasn't as good as I remembered it. It was real flat. But I still called up my producer, Richard Perry, and said, 'I think I got one here.' He heard it and agreed with me, so we recorded it." -- Harry

Strings and Horns Arranged and Conducted by Paul Buckmaster
Engineered by Robin Geoffrey Cable

"I burst a gigantic hemorhoid on that big top note." - Harry

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The World Is Coming To An End

Writer: Harry Nilsson
Publisher: EMI Blackwood Music
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