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VOTE to induct Harry Nilsson into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Harry Nilsson was one of the most idiosyncratic songwriters of his generation and a two time Grammy award winning artist. The fact that he was able to achieve the substantial commercial success that he did WITHOUT ever touring makes it all the more impressive. His songs, going back as early as 1963, have been recorded by the likes of Little Richard, Glen Campbell, The Yarbirds, The Monkees, Three Dog Night, and others. Putting his songwriting abilities aside, Harry Nilsson had one of the, if not THE, most extraordinary singing voices of his generation, with an unprecedented three-and-a-half octave vocal range. Just ask Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr of their opinion of Harry Nilsson's ability as a signer, musician and artist. Between 1967 and 1971, Harry's albums were the closest thing we ever had to an "American Beatles" One album after another achieved critical and often commercial success: Pandemonium Shadow Show, Aerial Ballet, Harry, Nilsson Sings Newman, The Point and Nilsson Schmilsson. All of them different, all of them unique, and all of them on the cutting edge at the time. "You Can't Do That" was a top 10 hit in Canada. "Everybody's Talkin’" remains one of the most recognized songs of all time and a part of the collective consciousness from the 1960's. It was a top 10 hit in the US and earned Harry his first Grammy. "One" would later be covered by Three Dog Night to fantastic commercial success and remains a cornerstone of Harry's iconic song writing abilities. It is a simple, understated play on words and numbers that would come to define Harry's writing. "Me and My Arrow" was another hit single as was "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City." Nilsson Schmilsson would be the most successful album of Harry's career, producing the vocally soaring "Without You" (earning Harry his SECOND Grammy award) as well as the cult classic "Coconut" ("Put de lime in de coconut, and drink 'em both up"). Harry Nilsson did things HIS way, whether it was creating, writing and producing an animated children's film ("The Point"), performing a selection of pop standards (“A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night") by the likes of Berlin, Hupfeld and Gus Kahn, or putting out albums that disregarded mainstream commercialism in favor of artistic satisfaction. Maybe if Harry had gone out on tour once a year, or remained with producers that would steer him towards "hit" albums, he would already be in the Hall of Fame; and I wouldn’t be writing this, but he didn't. Regardless, it cannot be overlooked that Harry Nilsson was an innovative, successful, award winning song-writer and singer that bended the genre on its ear and in the process, 20 years after his death, has achieved a cult like status among fans and music lover such as myself. It’s time to make this about "talent" and not "fame" Give the man the respect and honor that he deserves. Induct Harry Nilsson into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Support this petition and make a difference...

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