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Died This Day In LA: Harry Nilsson

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Two-time Grammy winner, infamous “lost weekend” cohort and one of the most significant musical talents of the 1970s, Harry Nilsson died of a heart attack on this day in 1994 at his home in Agoura Hills at the age of 52. Nilsson moved to Los Angeles at 15-years-old and reportedly worked at the Paramount Theater downtown at 6th and Hill St. before taking a bank job in the San Fernando valley and beginning his now legendary musical career with a $50 per week songwriting deal with a small publisher. If you think you don't know Harry Nilsson's music, you are mistaken. Or a martian. Or maybe not into 70s music. Either way, take a listen and fix that problem.

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