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ShortForBob

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Who's the most talented but tragic/sad singer/songwriter/musician you can think of?

I present Harry Nilsson.

Shy recluse, never (or hardly ever performed live) But probably one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
Vocal range 3 1\2 octaves.

left school year 9 , dad left age 3. first instrument a plastic ukulele

Friend and drinking buddy of so many John Lennon, Micky Dolanze

How unlucky do you have to be to have both Cass Elliott and Keith Moon die in your apartment
Have all your money embezzled and be left with 300 bucks and then die of a heart attack while recording.

I didn't even know he died years ago. (Schmillsson was one of my first Albums.)






 
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chinabald

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Interesting read (the Wikipedia link) the video is almost 2 hours long. I might hold off and watch that with my wife one evening.

Thanks for sharing.
 

SloopJonB

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He was one of those "unknowns" who was hugely respected by other musicians.

A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night predated Linda Ronstadt's remake of old songs by at least a decade.

He also wrote one of the best lyrics ever;

"You're breakin' my heart, you're tearin' it apart so fuck you"
 

Virgulino Ferreira

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Victor Jara, a Chilean, one of Latin America's most important poets and singer-songwriters; tortured and killed by Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship.

His lyrics are beautiful, profound and very powerful, even today, which speaks of his talent, but also of how little we have evolved, as a society. Although a competent singer, it was when sung in the voices of others that his poetry really came through, such as when sung by the divine Mercedes Sosa.


Pete Seeger reading Jara's last known words as he was held and tortured in the infamous soccer stadium shortly before he was killed:




Joan Baez:





Some recent documentaries:





A very good Hollywood movie about the coup:

 
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Grabbler

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Victor Jara, a Chilean, one of Latin America's most important poets and singer-songwriters; tortured and killed by Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship.

His lyrics are beautiful, profound and very powerful, even today, which speaks of his talent, but also of how little we have evolved, as a society. Although a competent singer, it was when sung in the voices of others that his poetry really came through, such as when sung by the divine Mercedes Sosa.


Pete Seeger reading Jara's last known words as he was held and tortured in the infamous soccer stadium shortly before he was killed:




Joan Baez:





Some recent documentaries:





A very good Hollywood movie about the coup:


In basketball they call that a "Slam dunk" Meli...ps "Micky Dolenz"...
 

Black Jack

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Roy Orbinson - the Caruso of Rock and Roll.

Death followed him. Claudette while riding a motorcycle and his two eldest sons burned up in a fire while he was on tour. He really never recovered despite his fame. Johnny Cash bought the property where the burned house was and tore it down planting an orchard over it.

Orbinson is buried at an unmarked grave in Los Angeles.
 
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Jules

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For anyone wanting to sit down with their young children or grandchildren, The Point, by Harry Nilsson is a delight. But you don't have to be a kid to love it.
 

Jules

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How unlucky do you have to be to have both Cass Elliott and Keith Moon die in your apartment
Have all your money embezzled and be left with 300 bucks and then die of a heart attack while recording.
There's something of a tragedy woven in the lives of the gifted. The other day I watched "Rhapsody In Blue," a movie about George Gershwin, who died at the age of 38 from brain cancer. Afterward I wondered if the glioblastoma, or whatever existed causing its formation, had anything to do with his musical genius?

Harry Nilsson was delightfully different and a genius in his own right. Maybe tragedy is behind his genius.
 

Bus Driver

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Roy Orbinson - the Caruso of Rock and Roll.

Death followed him. Claudette while riding a motorcycle and his two eldest sons burned up in a fire while he was on tour. He really never recovered despite his fame. Johnny Cash bought the property where the burned house was and tore it down planting an orchard over it.

Orbinson is buried at an unmarked grave in Los Angeles.
It's Orbison.
 

tizak

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The Point - watched it years ago when it first aired on TV. My eldest son who was probably 3 or 4 with a very round and bald head at the time, watched it with us. Later, we jokingly asked him if he was Oblio to which he nodded and when we asked him where his point was he promptly extended an index finger and aimed it at me. A funny and impressive way for him to make a "point".
 

Rasputin22

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I nominate Malcolm Holcombe for the tragic troubadour of our times. I think he and Townes Van Zant used to hang and pick together.

 

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Chris in Santa Cruz CA

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Who's the most talented but tragic/sad singer/songwriter/musician you can think of?

I present Harry Nilsson.

Shy recluse, never (or hardly ever performed live) But probably one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
Vocal range 3 1\2 octaves.

left school year 9 , dad left age 3. first instrument a plastic ukulele

Friend and drinking buddy of so many John Lennon, Micky Dolanze

How unlucky do you have to be to have both Cass Elliott and Keith Moon die in your apartment
Have all your money embezzled and be left with 300 bucks and then die of a heart attack while recording.

I didn't even know he died years ago. (Schmillsson was one of my first Albums.)







drinking buddy is a vast understatement

if that guy found out you were in town and came by to party, you lost DAYS of your life :)
 

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