Personalities | Ricky Nelson | Fifties | Rock

(Vocals, 1940–85)

Born into a showbiz family – his father was bandleader Ozzie Nelson – Eric Hilliard Nelson starred in the the radio show and TV sitcom, The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet, with his family. In 1956, a girlfriend told him she preferred Elvis Presley, so he made a record. 1957’s million-selling ‘I’m Walking’/‘A Teenager’s Romance’ started a career that produced over 50 US hits by 1973, including more million-sellers: 1957’s ‘Be-Bop Baby’ and ‘Stood Up’, 1958’s ‘Believe What You Say’, US No. 1 ‘Poor Little Fool’ and ‘Lonesome Tears’ and 1961’s ‘Travelin’ Man’. A 1963 label change brought fewer and smaller hits, as the teenage pop star Ricky became the grown-up country rock star Rick. His last million-seller was 1972’s ‘Garden Party’ and he died in a plane crash.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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