I joined Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan aka The Turtles
in 1973. Since then I've recorded many albums, toured the world and
did many TV shows with Flo & Eddie & The Turtles. In October of 1989,
Flo & Eddie, who at the that time had their own radio show in New York
on K-Rock 92.3FM in the afternoons after Howard Stern, were one of thirty
radio stations doing a live broadcast from Universal City Studios for
the Alice Cooper / Clarence Clemmons Octoberfest. Mark Volman asked
me to drive a limo, pick up the many luminaries; Eric Burden, Bobby
Hatfield, Kevin Meany, Dean Torrance, Wierd Al, Ray Manzarck, Rosanne
Barr, Alice Cooper, Elvira, Mickie Dolenz, Richard Lewis, John Densmore
and Harry Nilsson. I had my keyboard set up and performed either "Happy
Together" or the "Hit" of each artist live on the air after they were
interviewed in the little tent set up on the lot. When I drove out to
Hidden Hills to pick up Harry Nilsson, I was real nervous. After all,
this was the Beatles favorite American singer/songwriter......Nilsson!
When I arrived at his home, I opened up the rear door of the Limo. Harry
said,"no thanks, I'll sit up front with you." So there we were, driving
down the 101 freeway to universal, jammed in traffic. What else to do
but to light up a cig and talk about The Beatles! I was in heaven. Harry
would tell me so many stories, I could hardly remember them all. But
I do remember him telling me that Kieth Moon and Momma Cass both died
in his Bed in his London Flat! So we did the broadcast, and did a "Dillards"
song that Mark & Howard sang harmonies while Harry sang lead. He forgot
the name of the song, and to this day I still don't know the name! But
I do have tapes of the show. After that, I took Harry to his office,
Hawkeye, which was a company that supplied scripts to film production
companies. It was just a month later that Harry found out his trusted
accountant for eight years, Cindy Simms ripped him off for over eight
million dollars. I do believe, that was the beginning of the end for
Harry. He was devastated. Not only did he lose his land in Australia
and Bell Air, but he almost lost his home in Hidden Hills. He also owed
the IRS two million in back taxes. He took her to court, and she ended
up in jail for maybe a year or so.....that's all! In the meantime, I
asked Harry if he was still doing music. He told me that he sold his
piano and guitar and was busy raising his family of six kids and a wife!
So I said, "hey! why don't we get together and record some stuff in
my studio." He liked the idea very much. so much infact that he recorded
twenty five songs. They are still on the shelf, waiting for his estate
to figure out when or if they want to release them. The name of the
album was "Papa's Got A Brown New Robe". The demos recorded at my studio
1 245 Lb. Man
Harry actually had one of my clients, Jessica Silverstein sing backup
and double lead vocals on this wonderful song.
This is the first song we worked on together, from his play Zapata.
3 Fruit Of The Loom
One of the many commercials we submitted to various ad agencies.
4 Give It All You Got
5 Hide & Go Seek
6 High Heel Sneakers
The origional version of "Rescue Boy".
7 Honky Tonk Heaven
Harry loved this song by Merle Harggard
8 I Know Why
This Glen Miller classic was a gift to his attorney.
9 It's So Easy To Live
The second song we recorded for Ringo's album.Unfortunately Ringo turned
10 Lost And Found
A Mark Hudson composition.
11 Love Is The Answer
Another track from Zapata.
12 Me And My Arrow 93FM
One day Harry noticed Arrow radio 93FM in LA. He said, "lets make a
30 second add and send this as a gift to Arrow radio." I sampled the
beginning phrase, " Me And My Arrow", then added the music and Harry's
vocal, "93 FM".
13 Me Myself & I
Title song for the IRS video of the same name.It starred George Siegal
and Joe Beth Willams. We also did all the filler music.
14 Mother In Law
What a great version of the classic! I programmed the music verbatim.
A song we never really finished. One of the last sessions before his
16 Mrs. Crawford
17 One Year
18 Red Neck
Alternate version of "245 LB Man"
19 Rescue Boy
The very last song recorded, days before Harry had a heart attack. It
was originally "High Heel Sneakers".
20 She's Tall
We were asked by Deborah Hill (film producer) to record this track for
the TV film "Attack Of The Fifty Foot Woman" starring Darryl Hanna.
21 Shrink Rap
A hilarious nine minute "Rap" song Harry wanted to record as a spoof
on rap music.
22 Strange Love
Another Mark Hudson composition.
23 Tainted Woman
Another unfinished early demo.
24 Ten Year
25 This Could Be The Night
This famous Nilsson song was re-recorded with two new verses. Very Cool!
26 Tonight Song
Submitted to Jay Leno for the new Tonight Show theme.
27 What Does A Woman See In A Man
Jimmy Webb wrote this one for his last album Linda Ronstat was producing.
Harry loved it so much that he kidnapped Jimmy from the session, and
brought him to my studio to record it!
28 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Harry invited Carol King to sing background vocals, but she never showed!
Harry always wanted to record these two songs as an overlapping medley.
It came out great!
30 You Are Here
Never before was this song heard or recorded. Harry wrote this with
John Lennon during the "Lost Weekend" period. This is definitly the
best of the lot! My favorite!
Harry and I became real good friends. He would come over my house practically
every day, and we would either record or go for a drive and visit Ringo,
Timothy Leary or Joe Walsh. It was allot of fun, sorta like when I was
a teenager with my friends, just driving around, listing to the radio,
laughing, telling stories and getting high. I do remember one time we
were over Ringo's, and I picked up one of his custom acustic guitars
with stars inlaid in pearl on the neck, and started strumming..........Harry
started singing, "I listen for your footsteps, coming up the drive"..........then
Ringo joined in.....there I was, Playing' a Beatle song with a Beatle
and Nilsson........I'm in heaven again! Needless to say, when Harry
died, I was totally devastated, and still feel a large hole in my life.
At Harry's Funeral, George Harrison, Jeff Lynn, Van Dyke Parks, Paul
Williams, George Siegal and many other luminaries all came up to me
and thanked me for being there for Harry for the last four years of
his life. Even at the eulogy, Mark Hudson mentioned me several times
as Harry's friend and home away from home.