Fred Neil

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Fred Neil (March 16, 1936 – July 7, 2001)[1] was an American folk singer-songwriter active in the 1960s and early 1970s. He did not achieve commercial success as a performer[2] and is mainly known through other people's recordings of his material – particularly "Everybody's Talkin'", which became a hit for Harry Nilsson after it was used in the film Midnight Cowboy in 1969.[1][3] Though highly regarded by contemporary folk singers,[2] he was reluctant to tour and spent much of the last 30 years of his life assisting with the preservation of dolphins.[3][4]

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Fred Neil
Fred Neil circa 1964
Fred Neil circa 1964
Background information
Birth nameFrederick Ralph Morlock Jr.
Born(1936-03-16)March 16, 1936
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJuly 7, 2001(2001-07-07) (aged 65)
Summerland Key, Florida, U.S.
GenresBlues, folk
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1964–1975