A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night

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A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night
Harry Nilsson A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night.jpg
Studio album by Harry Nilsson
Released June 1973
Recorded March 15-22, 1973
Studio CTS Studios, Wembley; RCA Recording Studios, New York City
Genre Pop
Length 36:04
Label RCA Victor
Producer Derek Taylor
Harry Nilsson chronology
Son of Schmilsson
A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night
Son of Dracula
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle3/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauC−[3]
The Essential Rock Discography5/10[4]
Pitchfork Media4.7/10[6]
PopMatters5/10 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[8]

A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night is an album of classic 20th-century standards sung by American singer Harry Nilsson. The album was arranged by Frank Sinatra's arranger Gordon Jenkins, and produced by Derek Taylor. In 1988, it was reissued as A Touch More Schmilsson in the Night, containing an intro and outro (studio chatter) and six additional songs from the recording sessions.

This album is notable in being a standards album produced a decade before such works started to become popular again.[1] Although Nilsson's album met with only modest chart success, it is often regarded as the finest example of his virtuosic singing.[citation needed] The title is an allusion to Shakespeare's Henry V, Act 4, in which the Chorus refers to Henry's nocturnal visit to his troops as "a little touch of Harry in the night".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lazy Moon" (Bob Cole, J. Rosamond Johnson) – 3:20
  2. "For Me and My Gal" (Edgar Leslie, E. Ray Goetz, George W. Meyer) – 2:47
  3. "It Had to Be You" (music: Isham Jones; lyrics: Gus Kahn) – 2:45
  4. "Always" (Irving Berlin) – 1:34
  5. "Makin' Whoopee" (Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson) – 4:25
  6. "You Made Me Love You" (Joseph McCarthy, James V. Monaco) – 2:32
  7. "Lullaby in Ragtime" (Sylvia Fine) – 3:39
  8. "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" (Joe Howard, Harold Orlob, Frank R. Adams, Will M. Hough) – 2:40
  9. "What'll I Do?" (Irving Berlin) – 2:25
  10. "Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You)" (Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby) – 2:38
  11. "This Is All I Ask" (Gordon Jenkins) – 3:35
  12. "As Time Goes By" (Herman Hupfeld) – 3:21

1988 reissue track listing

  1. "Intro" – 0:15
  2. "Lazy Moon" (Bob Cole, J. Rosamond Johnson) – 3:20
  3. "For Me and My Gal" (Edgar Leslie, E. Ray Goetz, George W. Meyer) – 2:47
  4. "It Had to Be You" (music: Jones; lyrics: Kahn) – 2:45
  5. "Always" (Irving Berlin) – 1:34
  6. "Makin' Whoopee" (Kahn, Donaldson) – 4:25
  7. "You Made Me Love You" (McCarthy, Monaco) – 2:32
  8. "Lullaby in Ragtime" (Fine) – 3:39
  9. "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" (Howard, Orlob, Adams and Hough) – 2:40
  10. "What'll I Do?" (Berlin) – 2:25
  11. "Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You)" (Kalmar, Ruby) – 2:38
  12. "This Is All I Ask" (Jenkins) – 3:35
  13. "As Time Goes By" (Herman Hupfeld) – 3:21
  14. "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" (Harry Carroll, Joseph McCarthy) – 3:16
  15. "Make Believe" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) – 2:21
  16. "Trust in Me" (Ned Wever, Milton Ager, Jean Schwartz) – 2:26
  17. "It's Only a Paper Moon" (Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg, Billy Rose) – 3:12
  18. "Thanks for the Memory" (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) – 2:46
  19. "Over the Rainbow" (Arlen, Harburg) – 3:29
  20. "Outro" – 0:14


  • Harry Nilsson - "The Singer"
  • Judd Proctor - guitar
  • Charles La Vere - rehearsal piano
  • Ken Dryden - flute
  • David Snell - harp
  • Derek Taylor, Jim Brown, Jim Buck - French horn
  • Bill Povey, Bob Burns, Jock Sutcliffe, Martin Gatt, Roy Willox - woodwind
  • Alan Dalziel, Ben Thomas, Bram Martin, Brian Hawkins, Derek Jacobs, Eric Eaden, Francisco Gabarro, Frank Clarke, Fred Parrington, Gwyn Edwards, Harry Danks, Jack Mandel, Jack Rothstein, John Sharpe, John Underwood, Julian Gaillard, Laurie Lewis, Leo Birnbaum, Lou Sofier, Max Salpeter, Peter Benson, Peter Halling, Sidney Margo, Ted Bryett, Trevor Williams, William Armon - strings
  • Gordon Jenkins - arranger, conductor
  • Jack Mandel - music contractor
  • Martin Wyatt - associate producer
  • Chrissie Hayes - assistant producer
  • Phil McDonald - engineer
  • Tom Hanley - cover photography


  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ Schroeder, Audra (August 25, 2006). "Son of Schmilsson, A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night, Everybody's Talkin': The Best of Harry Nilsson". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Harry Nilsson". Robert Christgau. 
  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate. p. 758. ISBN 978-1-84195-827-9. 
  5. ^ Gary Graff & Daniel Durchholz (eds), MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press (Farmington Hills, MI, 1999; ISBN 1-57859-061-2), p. 815.
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  7. ^ Horning, Bob (May 16, 2006). "Harry Nilsson: Son of Schmilsson / A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night". PopMatters. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ Randall, Mac; Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds) (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th edn). New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. p. 586. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.