"When Henderson visited Parks, he noticed a framed photo of a greyhound with a plaque that had the name "Van Dyke Parks" embossed on it. When asked about it, Parks said that there was a Floridian businessman with a real affection for California pop music and greyhound racing. He owned three dogs, all fearsome on the track. Their names? Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, and Harry Nilsson. Parks asked the owner which dog was fastest. It was Newman. When Nilsson found out, he demanded a canine drug test."
Pitchfork: LA Weirdos