By Jeff Cornell
Every year when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations are announced there is a lot of noise from fans of artists who are not enshrined in the museum. This year fans of 70’s rock icon Harry Nilsson have stepped up to write and record a song titled “Put Harry in the Hall.” Watch the video in the player above.
Back on Aug. 10, 2015, more than 30 professional musicians, actors, artists, friends, fans and Harry Nilsson’s family members gathered to record a song to “sing him into his rightful place at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.” The behind-the-scenes video of the recording of the song, which is posted on YouTube, honors the late-singer and songwriter beautifully.
Nilsson released 16 albums including a few film soundtracks like 1974’s Son of Dracula and Robin Williams’ 1980 film Popeye. He won two Grammy Awards including the Best Contemporary Vocals for the Fred Neil-written song “Everybody’s Talkin’” in 1970, which was featured on the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning 1969 film Midnight Cowboy. He passed away from a heart attack in 1994.
According to Newser, on top of winning the two aforementioned Grammys, Nillsson wrote hits for Three Dog Night and The Monkees and was named-checked by The Beatles as their “favorite group.” David Leaf, who produced the documentary Who is Harry Nilsson (…and Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?, suggests that people don’t know Nilsson because he didn’t want them to.
Fans are still chasing a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination for the introspective and unique singer. Vocalist Syd Straw calls Nilsson “one of the best singers, one of the best writers, one of the best existers, one of the best dreamers.” NPR hails him as “one of rock’s forgotten heroes.”
Congrats go out to the 15 artists, including Janet Jackson, The Cars, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., Deep Purple and Cheap Trick, nominated for Hall of Fame induction later this year. Here is our list of 19 artists who should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.