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Fred Neil

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Moody, bluesy, and melodic, Fred Neil was probably one of the most persuasive folk-rockers to emerge from Greenwich Town in the middle-’60s. His albums showcased his extraordinarily low, wealthy tone of voice on intensely personal and reflective compositions, sounding just like a mix between Tim Buckley and Tim Hardin. His impact was delicate but significant; before developing the Lovin’ Spoonful, John Sebastian performed harmonica on Neil’s first recording, which also presented guitarist Felix Pappalardi, who continued to create Cream. The Jefferson Aircraft presented Neil’s “Additional Side of the Existence” prominently within their concerts, and devoted several tunes (“Ballad of Me and you and Pooneil” and “Home at Pooneil Part”) to him. Around the B-side of “Crying” is usually Neil’s “Chocolate Man,” among Roy Orbison’s bluesiest attempts. Stephen Stills offers pointed out Neil as an impact on his acoustic guitar playing. Many famously, Harry Nilsson required Neil’s “Everybody’s Talkin'” in to the Top Ten because the theme towards the film Midnight Cowboy. For all those his tangential impact, Neil himself continued to be an enigmatic, mystical figure. His documented result was formidable but sparse. During 1964 he documented being a duo with Vince Martin, which yielded an record for Elektra, Rip Down the Wall space. His drumless single debut, Bleecker & MacDougal (which do have additional musical instruments), ranked among the greatest efforts in the era where folk was simply beginning its changeover to folk-rock. The bluesiest of his albums, it included a few of his greatest music, including “Little Rainfall,” “Additional Side of the Existence,” and “Chocolate Man.” His accurate maximum was his follow-up, Fred Neil, which produced a full changeover to electric devices. Much less bluesy in tenor, it presented “Everybody’s Talkin’,” in addition to an equal jewel in “The Dolphins.” Neil’s following slip into obscurity was unusual and quick. Classes, from 1968, was a more informal and slapdash affair that included some instrumental jamming. Usually a recluse, he retreated to his house in Coconut Grove, FL, after attaining cult achievement, and didn’t launch anything following a live recording in 1971. His obscurity was enforced by an lack of home compact-disc reissues of his greatest work, a predicament rectified with an excellent best-of compilation by Enthusiasts’ Choice as well as the 2001 reissue of Rip Down the Wall space/Bleecker & MacDougal by Elektra. He continuing to try out, but limited to those near him. Neil, sick with malignancy, unexpectedly offered July 7, 2001, at his house in Florida.

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Full Name Fred Neil
Date Of Birth March 16, 1936
Died July 7, 2001, Summerland Key, Summerland Key, Florida, Florida, United States
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Music Songs Everybody's Talkin', The Dolphins, Other Side to This Life, That's the Bag I'm In, Little Bit of Rain, Candy Man, Blues on the Ceiling, Sweet Cocaine, Ba-De-Da, I've Got a Secret, Cynicrustpetefredjohn Raga, Faretheewell, The Other Side of This Life, December's Dream, Green Rocky Road, Roll on Rosie, The Water Is Wide, Yonder Comes The Blues, Handful of Gimme, Everything Happens, Mississippi Train, Ya Don't Miss Your Water, Please Send Me Someone to Love, Sweet Mama, Listen Kitten, Country Boy, Come Back Baby, Fools Are a Long Time Comin', Trav'lin Man, Love's Funny, Gone Again, Don't Put The Blame On Me
Albums Bleecker & MacDougal, Tear Down The Walls, Fred Neil, Other Side of This Life, Tear Down the Walls / Bleecker & MacDougal, Sessions, The Many Sides of Fred Neil, Do You Ever Think of Me?, Trav'lin Man: The Early Singles, Listen Kitten, Fred Neil - Take Me Back Again, You Ain't Treatin Me Right, Echoes of My Mind: The Best of 1963-71, The Other Side Of Fred Neil: His Early Singles, Rhino Hi-Five: Fred Neil


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jimi Hendrix: The Guitar Hero 2011 Documentary writer: "Everybody's Talkin'"
Formula 1: BBC Sport 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Morning Light 2008 Documentary writer: "Everyone's a VIP To Someone"
Trucker 2008 performer: "I've Got a Secret Didn't We Shake Sugaree" / writer: "I've Got a Secret Didn't We Shake Sugaree"
Baby Mama 2008 writer: "Starry Eyed Surprise"
The Wrecking Crew! 2008 Documentary writer: "Everybody's Talking"
Cuéntame 2008 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
American Dad! 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Crank 2006 writer: "Everybody's Talkin"
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan 2006 writer: "Everybody's Talkin'" 1966
The Sopranos TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1999 - 2006 performer - 1 episode, 2006
The King of Queens TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2006 music - 1 episode, 2006
Idool 2004 2004 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Everyday People 2004 writer: "Everybody's Talkin'"
Lost Junction 2003 performer: "Other Side of This Life" / writer: "Other Side of This Life"
Jeff Buckley: Everybody Here Wants You 2002 TV Movie documentary writer: "Dolphins"
Black Books 2000 TV Series 1 episode
Jeff Buckley: Goodbye and Hello 2000 TV Movie documentary writer: "Dolphins" live, Old Grey Whistle Test
Futurama TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1999 music - 1 episode, 1999
Mission Hill 1999 TV Series writer: "Everbody's Talkin'"
Clay Pigeons 1998 writer: "Everybody's Talkin'"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1992-1997 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Du bist nicht allein - Die Roy Black Story 1996 TV Movie writer: "Candy Man" - uncredited
Seinfeld 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Forrest Gump 1994 "Everybody's Talkin'" 1966
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Growing Pains 1990 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night 1988 TV Movie documentary writer: "Candyman"
Austin City Limits 1983 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Roy Sings Orbison 1975 TV Movie writer: "Candy Man"
The Morecambe & Wise Show 1973 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gimme Shelter 1970 Documentary writer: "The Other Side of This Life"
The Benny Hill Show 1970 TV Series writer - 1 episode
This Is Tom Jones 1969 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Midnight Cowboy 1969 lyrics: "Everybody's Talkin'" / music: "Everybody's Talkin'"
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
One Hit Wonderland 2015 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 2015 writer: "Everybody's Talkin'"
Revenge 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
P.O.V. TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Calvary 2014 performer: "The Dolphins" / writer: "The Dolphins"
De wereld draait door 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Hangover Part III 2013 writer: "Everybody's Talkin'"
Not Fade Away 2012 writer: "Other Side Of This Life"

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