Harry Nilsson was The Beatles’ favourite recording artist but terrified of performing live. Consequently, only a tiny minority of the hundreds of fans and musicians who contributed memories to this collection of stories ever saw him play in front of any kind of audience. But it’s the songs – “there’s nothing like them” according to Jimmy Webb – and his vocal style – “the supreme singer of any generation” says producer Richard Perry – that keep the love of Harry Nilsson lingering so long after his death aged just 52 in 1994.
The publication of this book of memories coincides with the 50th anniversary of the release of album Nilsson Schmilsson and the smash-hit single ‘Without You’. Harry & Me started life as anecdotes, tales, stories and adventures related by fans, friends and musicians. But mid-way through the process of gathering the hundreds of interviews and quotes, author and Nilsson fan Neil Watson discovered more than three hours of never-before read interview recordings Harry had made back in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
These very personal reflections by Harry on his career have been transcribed and added to the book and effectively make it Harry & Me… & Harry. Illustrated with rare and personal photos and memorabilia from the fans, Harry & Me is a beautifully designed treasure trove of the memories of a unique character who left an unforgettable legacy of some of the most life-affecting songs ever recorded.