Karyanya ditandai oleh eksperimen overdub vokal yang khas, seperti gaya lagu-lagu Great American Songbook sebelum Perang Dunia II , dan perpaduan gaya suara Karibia. Dilahirkan di Brooklyn , Nilsson pindah ke Los Angeles sebagai remaja untuk melarikan diri dari situasi keuangan keluarganya yang buruk. Saat bekerja sebagai programmer komputer di bank, ia semakin tertarik pada komposisi musik dan nyanyian yang harmonis, dan berhasil membuat beberapa lagunya direkam oleh berbagai artis seperti Monkees. Albumnya yang paling sukses secara komersial, Nilsson Schmilsson , menghasilkan 10 single internasional "Without You" dan "Coconut". Top 10 hit lainnya, "Everybody's Talkin'" , adalah lagu tema utama dalam film Midnight Cowboy Selama konferensi pers , The Beatles ditanya apa grup favorit Amerika Serikat mereka dan menjawab "Nilsson". Dia segera menjalin persahabatan dekat dengan John Lennon dan Ringo Starr. Pada an, Nilsson dan Lennon bergabung dengan Starr sebagai anggota klub minum Hollywood Vampir, melibatkan diri dalam sejumlah insiden yang dipublikasi secara luas dan dipicu oleh alkohol. Pada saat yang sama, mereka menghasilkan satu album kolaborasi, Pussy Cats Setelah , Nilsson meninggalkan RCA, dan rekor keluarannya berkurang.
Harry Edward Nilsson III June 15, — January 15, , known professionally as Nilsson , was an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early s. His work is characterized by pioneering vocal overdub experiments, returns to the Great American Songbook , and fusions of Caribbean sounds. Born in Brooklyn , Nilsson moved to Los Angeles as a teenager to escape his family's poor financial situation. While working as a computer programmer at a bank, he grew interested in musical composition and close-harmony singing, and was successful in having some of his songs recorded by various artists such as the Monkees. His most commercially successful album, Nilsson Schmilsson , produced the international top 10 singles " Without You " and " Coconut ". His other top 10 hit, " Everybody's Talkin' " , was featured prominently in the film Midnight Cowboy. During a press conference, the Beatles were asked what their favorite American group was and answered "Nilsson". In the s, Nilsson and Lennon were members of the Hollywood Vampires drinking club, embroiling themselves in a number of widely publicized, alcohol-fueled incidents. They produced one collaborative album, Pussy Cats After , Nilsson left RCA, and his record output diminished.