Recently I've been listening to a bunch of Harry Nilsson songs. Harry was a fantastic lesser known artist who similar to Paul McCartney was a musical virtuoso. Harry's desire to not perform in front of people kept him out of much of the public's eye. An amazing songwriter, he wrote hits for many different groups, including: "One" by Three Dog Night and "Without Her" by Glen Campbell.
Harry Nilsson had a vocal range of three and a half octaves! He is best listened to when he is alone at the piano or acoustic guitar singing songs like "I guess the Lord must be in New York City" or "Without Her." Harry had a string of hits that included: The Lime in the Coconut, Without You, Me and My Arrow and Everybody's talking.
If you would like to see first hand the raw musical talent of this individual click on the following two hyperlinks:
Harry on the Smothers Brothers Show - http://youtube.com/watch?v=dswVK5si45M
Harry alone on the acoustic (turn this one up) http://youtube.com/watch?v=aJbizTCeJMg
Harry won critical acclaim with his concept album "The Point" which includes my personal favorite collection of Nilsson songs.
When the British press asked the Beatles in 1968 at the Apple Corps press conference, who their favorite American artist was, Lennon and McCartney both said, "Nilsson."
Odd yes, I'll give you that but there is something compelling. Take a listen and let me know what you think!