HARRY NILSSON - THE SKIP WESHNER SHOW 1970

April 7, 2012 – 5:43 am

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HARRY NILSSON
“Harry Does Skip” [no label, 1CD]

The Skip Weshner Show, KRHM-FM, Los Angeles, CA; April 1, 1970. Very good to excellent FM broadcast.

“Angry patriotism” might be an apt phrase to describe Bruce Springsteen’s new album, Wrecking Ball, but guess what? Back in 1970, under different circumstances and historical background, the young Harry Nilsson and veteran DJ, Skip Weshner, were also trying to grapple with patriotism, power, home and country - not topics anyone easily associates with Nilsson.

Until the time of this radio interview on The Skip Weshner Show in 1970, Nilsson was probably best known for the Fred Neil song, Everybody’s Talkin’, featured in Midnight Cowboy. In February 1970, Nilsson released the album, Nilsson Sings Newman, and it was likely that this was the album that piqued Weshner’s interest in getting the then young performer on his show. [Nilsson died of heart failure in 1994. He was 52.]

In the light of what passes as interviews on radio today (the word “inane” easily comes to mind), Weshner and Nilsson did talk and had a conversation - no one was trying to force anything on the other person; they were just trying to clarify and understand things happening around them. You don’t get the feeling that they were just filling the airtime with words but it’s unfortunate that the tape ended so abruptly.

Certainly worth a listen, even if you are not a Nilsson fan.

Thanks to Jorg for sharing these track on the net in 2006.

Here are some notes that accompanied the tracks.

This set is fascinating and significant in that the only four songs Harry performs live in the studio (the songs from LP have been cut out) had NOT yet been released on LP at the time. Unfortunately, Skip Weshner missed a good opportunity to follow up on these new songs. Although, to his credit, Skip does ask Harry if he ever considered “writing a whole show,” presumably meaning a theme show. One has to wonder if that was the spark that resulted in The Point. I suppose we will never know.

Note 1: During the interview, Skip played four songs from Nilsson’s albums which have been cut out of this torrent because they were officially released.

Note 2: The original seeder placed edited versions of all the songs up front, as usual, including an extended version of the lovely and rare Doc Williams’ song “Roses Are Blooming,” which Harry never recorded. All performed songs are then included within the interview in their original, unedited context.

Note 3: Harry performs several new, unrecorded songs (“Old Forgotten Soldier”, “Think About Your Troubles,” “Poli High,” “Roses Are Blooming”) in the studio to an, apparently, oblivious Skip Weshner who is focusing more on the “Harry” and “Nilsson Sings Newman” albums and on sociopolitical commentary.

Note 4: This interview was obviously recorded after the release of “Nilsson Sings Newman” but before “The Point.” Of the four songs Harry performed live in the studio, two were from “The Point” which would be released later in 1970; one wouldn’t see release until 1974’s “Pussy Cats”; and the other was never recorded and released on an official Harry Nilsson album.

Thanks to MisterKite for the artwork.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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songs only:
Track 01. Old Forgotten Soldier (3.0MB)
Track 02. Think About Your Troubles (4.2MB)
Track 03. Poli High (4.3MB)
Track 04. Roses Are Blooming (2.9MB)

songs and interview:
Track 05. Old Forgotten Soldier (3.0MB)
Track 06. conversation (437k)
Track 07. Think About Your Troubles (4.1MB)
Track 08. conversation (4.4MB)
Track 09. Poli High (4.2MB)
Track 10. conversation (23.3MB)
Track 11. conversation (431k)
Track 12. Roses Are Blooming [Doc Williams] (1.5MB)
Track 13. conversation (2.6MB)
Track 14. conversation (10.1MB)
Track 15. conversation (17.7MB)
Track 16. conversation (12.8MB)
Track 17. conversation (12.3MB)
Track 18. conversation [cut-off] (11.6MB)
total time: 77:10

This set originally contained 15 tracks [as indicated in the artwork], with the last track lasting 34 minutes. To make things more “palatable”, the 34-minute track has been split into four smaller tracks (Tracks 15-18).

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  1. 9 Responses to “HARRY NILSSON - THE SKIP WESHNER SHOW 1970”

  2. Harry was the man.Talented but troubled and his own worst enemy.Interested should check out the WHo Is Harry doc over the youtube.

    By matt_the_cat on Apr 7, 2012

  3. Wow!!! So nice to get some Harry Nilsson one of my favorite artist. Thank you bigO.

    By Dave Jiles on Apr 7, 2012

  4. Skip must’ve interviewed a lot of the new guys in those days, I wonder how many more of his interviews are out there.

    By Nick on Apr 7, 2012

  5. for some reason 2 john denver appearances are all over youtube and a hoyt axton appearance seems to have slipped in there too. im sure if u search thru youtube in various ways u can find other appearances that were done on his show. i just did a quick search and came up with 23 results which takes up 2 pages but when expanded would probably turn into 50-60 in all.
    we already know the gordon lightfoot one from 68 is out there. dont we? thats one of my favorite recordings. (wink)

    ps– if u want a list of the shows he did check out - http://skipweshner.com/tapelist.htm

    By darth on Apr 7, 2012

  6. Outstanding. Also check out Harry’s tribute site: http://WWW.ForTheLoveOfHarry.Blogspot.Com
    Thanx for this Big - O!

    By Timmy on Apr 7, 2012

  7. My fondness for Nilsson grows every time I hear something I`ve never heard before - interviews,t.v. clips,outtakes ect.This is another gem for me personally and it offers alot of insight into the man behind all of this great music he put out.Thx Big O….

    By couz on Apr 8, 2012

  8. Thank you soooooooooooooooo much Big O

    By Frans on Apr 11, 2012

  9. I am the only daughter of Skip Weshner.
    My name is Heidi Wilson.
    There is ALOT of “Skip Shows” out there, here is a link to my dads page, still under construction, on FB…:)

    http://www.facebook.com/erikajeanne1/posts/165839083545717?ref=notif&notif_t=share_comment#!/pages/MashpediacomSkip_Weshner/234538286661829

    By Heidi Wilson (Weshner) on May 5, 2012

  10. Great, thank you

    By mrbelette on Nov 29, 2016

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