Harry Edward Nilsson III was a singer/songwriter who enjoyed success during the late 1960s and the 1970s. He wrote songs such as “One” (a 1969 hit for Three Dog Night) and “Daddy’s Song,” recorded by The Monkees, and is also remembered for the animated 1971 film The Point, which he conceived and scored. He sang “How About You” for the Fisher King soundtrack, and Aimee Mann’s cover of “One” appeared on the Magnolia soundtrack. His list of credits runs deep.
Midnight Cowboy (1969) is directed by John Schlesinger, and stars Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. After a short opening montage, the song “Everybody’s Talkin'” (sung by Nilsson) sets its iconic tone and permanent marriage to the movie. Midnight Cowboy was originally rated X for its raw depictions of life in New York City. Voight’s character, Joe Buck, travels to NYC to follow his dreams, while his newfound friend, Ratso Rizzo (Hoffman), only dreams of getting away. Despite the rating, it won Best Motion Picture. It’s a bucket-list movie for sure.
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)? (2010) is directed by John Scheinfeld. The documentary gives a thorough account of Nilsson’s life and struggles. His friendships are enviable, and many people speak candidly about his life. His music gets play throughout, and is the icing on the cake.