"Harry Edward Nilsson III" (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994) was an American songwriter, singer, pianist and guitarist, most popular during the 1960s and 1970s. For most of his recordings, he did not use his first name, and was credited only as "''Nilsson"''. Despite some spectacular successes, including two Grammy Awards, Nilsson's tendency to make broad stylistic jumps from one record to the next and his iconoclastic decisions kept him from capitalizing on those successes. His most well-known recordings are "Without You", "Midnight Cowboy (Everybody's Talkin' at Me)" & "Coconut".
Nilsson was born in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York in 1941. His father, Harry Edward Nilsson, Jr., abandoned the family three years later. An autobiographical reference to this is found in the opening to Nilsson's song "1941":
:Now, in 1941, the happy father had a son
:But in 1944, the father walked right out the door
Harry grew up with his mother Bette Nilsson and his younger half-sister, his younger brother Drake was left with family or friends during their moves between California and New York, sometimes living with a procession of relatives and stepfat...