It is the rare song that is so iconic that it defines an artist. It is even rarer when it is a cover.
Harry Nilsson's cover does just that. In its original version, by Fred Neil, it was a snarky condemnation of the music industry, as his manager wanted just one more song and wouldn't shut up about it. The song was kind of a throwaway.
Nilsson turned it into so much more - a mournful daydream of a sunnier place, where the sun keeps shining through the pouring rain, where the weather suits his clothes. It defined him as an artist, it defined the movie "Midnight Cowboy".... it defined a generation.