THE biggest OF ALL TUNES: EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ by Fred Neil (1969)

THE biggest OF ALL TUNES (G.O.A.T.) is a admire to the biggest tunes of all time.  I’m going up until I hit 100, as well as I’m adding tunes as I hear them throughout my life as well as think–“Hey!  That’s one of the biggest tunes I’ve ever heard!”

Today, a tune from the only X-rated movie ever to win an Academy Award.

Everybody’s Talkin’ has been covered by major artists in just about every genre except rap.  Harry Nilsson’s movie version won a Grammy for finest soundtrack album, as well as ended up being that singer-songwriter’s finest understood work, which is so ironic since he himself composed so many classic, often covered songs.

Legend has it (according to Fred Neil himself), the tune was written in five minutes as well as was about exactly how Neil wished to go home.  Literally.  He’d been in the studio for days as well as was ill of recording, so his producer told him if he composed one more tune they might wrap.  Hence, a tune about going home.  He sang it once, as well as that was it.
A few years later, Harry Nilsson found it when he was scoring Midnight Cowboy, as well as the studio chosen it for the primary theme—over an original Nilsson composition.  Then, it ended up being Nilsson’s biggest, career-defining hit.

As for Fred Neil, he really did what the tune is about: He got famous with the huge hit as well as then dropped out of public life to go life on the beach (“I’m goin’ where the sun keeps shinin’”) as well as online off the literal millions he made of just five minutes of work.  He died in 2001 under suspicious circumstances—he was discovered in bed with his will–but his death was ruled to have been because of natural causes.

THE biggest OF ALL TUNES (G.O.A.T.) is a series of posts, creating my 100 preferred tunes of all time.  The master listing is here, as well as I update it about every two weeks or when I have one more 10 tunes or so.

Further listening: I confess, I didn’t even recognize this tune was a cover up until I started researching it.  I believed it was a Nilsson original. So, no more tunes from Fred here.  however Neil was a extremely respected artist of his time—Bob Dylan even opened for him once.

Cover versions: Seriously?  Tons.  TONS.  as well as almost all are fantastic—even the one by Mr. Spock!  the most famous is Harry Nilsson, above. however my personal preferred is Luna’s version.

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