Friday, January 8, 2016

40 Year Itch : Just Something Real

Harry Nilsson : Something True

   There's not much to recommend listeners to the first of Nilsson's two 1976 albums, Sandman. His famous voice has now long been destroyed. Rolling Stone critic Billy Altman sums it up: "Sandman appears to be more the work of the drunken, disheveled beach bum on the cover than the mysterious, introspective singer/songwriter that Nilsson once was."
     But "[Thursday] Here's Why I Did Not Got To Work Today" is a charming song co-written with everyone's favorite singer-songwriter partner Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar. And "Something True" is a gem, written with Perry Botkin, Jr. whose theme for the soap opera "The Young and The Restless" would be chosen by a Romanian gymnast for her floor exercise at the 1976 Olympic games. That gymnast was Nadia Comaneci. She would win gold as the top all around gymnast and the single, marketed as "Nadia's Theme",  would hit the Top 10 in time for me to give to my younger sister for Christmas.

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