BMG buys Harry Nilsson publishing catalog

GMB acquired the publishing catalog of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson, as well as the artist’s and writer’s revenue streams of his hit songs.

Some of these songs include hits Without You, Everybody’s Talkin’, One and Coconut, as well as Jump Into The Fire, Gotta Get Up and Me and My Arrow, among many others.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Nilsson’s songs also include tracks co-written with John Lennon, Mucho Mungo/Mt. Elga and old dirt road; Danny Korchmar, (Thursday) Here’s why I didn’t go to work today, moonshine bandit; Dr John, Daylight caught me, and Ringo Starr, How long can the disco run.

Among the 18 studio albums released during his two-decade long recording career are his debut Spotlight on Nilsson, Harry, Nilsson Sings Newman, Nilsson Schmilssonstandards album A little touch of Schmilsson in the night, pussy cats – produced by John Lennon, What BMG Says is Nilsson’s personal favorite Knnillssonnand his latest studio album FlashHarry.

Also featured are original soundtracks from the films Skidoo, The Point!, Son of Dracula and Popeye; in addition to the collection of his latest studio recordings titled lost and found published posthumously.

BMG says it will also begin collaborating with the Nilsson family “to explore global creative opportunities for their creative assets” such as the Point! history, as well as name, likeness and likeness (NIL), including film, television, theater productions, books and other fields of activity.

Nilsson’s career began in the 1960s in Los Angeles, where he wrote hits for The Monkees and Three Dog Night.

In 1971 he published the seminal Nilsson Schmilsson, who was nominated for four Grammys. His cover topped the charts of Without you is described by BMG as “one of the most vital moments in 1970s music”.

His 1971 album and film Point is further described by BMG as “a triumph of the imagination”, while his Great American Songbook renditions of 1973 songs A little touch of Schmilsson in the night “innovated for musicians of the time”, according to BMG.

BMG notes that John Lennon and Paul McCartney have called Nilsson their “favorite American band”, and artists from Carly Rae Jepsen to Harry Styles have cited him as inspiration.

Nilsson’s team was led by John Rudolph of 1.618 Industries, Inc. (formerly Music Analytics, a leading music IP consultant) with guidance from Jason Karlov and Amanda Taber of Barnes & Thornburg.

“We are delighted to have found a partner who shares our love and respect for Harry’s legacy.”

The Nilsson family

The Nilsson family said: “We are delighted to have found a partner who shares our love and respect for Harry’s legacy.

“We look forward to a long relationship with BMG, working together to celebrate this true pop music genius.”

“We are honored that the Nilsson family have chosen BMG as guardians of their musical legacy and are proud to represent the cherished works of Harry Nilsson.”

Thomas Scherer, BMG

Thomas Scherer, BMG President, Repertoire and Marketing, Los Angeles and New York, said: “For generations, the timeless music of Harry Nilsson has captivated millions around the world.

“A brilliant songwriter with an exceptionally beautiful and unique voice, we will ensure his spirit thrives for generations to come.

“We are honored that the Nilsson family have chosen BMG as guardians of their musical legacy and are proud to represent the cherished works of Harry Nilsson.”


Other blocked offers Bertelsmann-owned by BMG in 2022 include the entire music publishing back-catalogue of the French electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarreand “main musical interests” of the legendary Scottish rock band Simple minds.

BMG’s latest deals follow other rights acquisitions in 2021 from artists including Mick Fleetwood, Tina Turner, High ZZand Motley Crue.The music industry around the world

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