Harry Nilsson is one of the great singer-songwriters of all time. John Lennon and Paul McCartney both acknowledge Nilsson as the greatest living American working the craft. His songs ranged from silly, like the ubiquitous “Coconut,” to deeply personal, like this one, “1941.” And the guy has an absolutely amazing voice.
In this entrancing, semi-autobiographical number Nilsson writes about how his father left when he was a little boy and the disastrous and cyclical consequences the failure of a father has on the children of broken homes. Check it out: