Do you have a favorite song? Mine is Without You, sung by Harry Nilsson.

Without You was featured in a 2016 commercial for Heinz that first aired during the Super Bowl. Do you recall the pack of dachshunds dressed like hot dogs run toward a group of humans dressed as ketchup, mustard, and other sauces.

Harry Nilsson wrote many songs he sang, but Without You was written by Badfinger members Peter Ham and Tom Evans. Both of these artists committed suicide. Nilsson’s version added an orchestra and gave the song a dramatic production. When Nilsson recorded it, he initially played the song slow and dark, accompanied only by piano. Producer Richard Perry recalled to Mojo magazine April 2008 that he had to persuade an unwilling Nilsson to record it as a big ballad.  Nilsson died of a heart attack at the age of 51.

Harry Nilsson

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