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series: Who Is Harry Nilsson (and Why Is Everybody Talkin'
air date: 3/18/13 3:30 AM
The Grammy Award-winners "Everybody's Talkin'" and "Without You;" the quirky "Coconut;" the whimsical "Me and My Arrow;" and the poignant "One," all are the work of one man, Harry Nilsson. For the first time, television viewers can discover the story of one of the most talented and uncompromising singer-songwriters in pop music history in the U.S. broadcast premiere of "Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?" This definitive portrait of a remarkable artist reveals a complex and contradictory personal life: the legendary bad boy party animal who was at the same time a devoted husband and father. Documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld ("The U.S. vs. John Lennon") brings added emotion and intimacy to the story with more than 50 Nilsson recordings, interview clips, rare or never-before-seen film clips, home movies, and personal photos. The documentary also reveals Nilsson's spirited relationship with John Lennon and close bond with Ringo Starr, which made him in some ways the "fifth Beatle," and includes compelling interviews with top music and movie personalities who knew Harry well, including former Monkee Micky Dolenz, Monty Python's Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle, Al Kooper (Blood, Sweat & Tears), Yoko Ono, Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks, The Smothers Brothers, Nilsson's songwriting contemporaries Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb and Paul Williams, actor Robin Williams (Nilsson composed the score for Robin's first film, "Popeye"), and Brian Wilson, as well as his record producer, wife and children.
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