Ricky Nelson

Actor, musician, Singer Ricky Nelson

Eric Hilliard Nelson, better known as Ricky Nelson or Rick Nelson, was an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and actor. He placed 53 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1957 and 1973 including "Poor Little Fool", which holds the distinction of being the first #1 song on Billboard magazine's then newly created Hot 100 chart. He recorded nineteen additional top-ten hits, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987.
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Birthday
08 May 1940
Death Place
De Kalb, Texas

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Springfield's Jaxx rock club sues Gunnar Nelson, alleging slander - Washington Post (blog)
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The Nelson twins — sons of Ricky Nelson, grandsons of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson — had played Jaxx many times, and Nedry had become friends with them. They were lined up again to play in September 2008, for a fee of $7500, and here's where a crucial
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Ricky Nelson Remembered In Song And Stories By His Twin Sons Matthew And ... - K2 Radio
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RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED is a multi media musical journey of the life and music of Teen Idol Rick Nelson. Featuring hit songs (“Hello Mary Lou”, “Travelin' Man”, “Garden Party”, etc.) performed by Ricky's twin sons Matthew & Gunnar Nelson
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Are They Ready For Some Football? - Umpqua Post
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The young athletes included from left front; Tucker Anderson, Ricky Nelson, Marc Chaney, Tristin Handsaker, Donovan Swenson, Clayton Lent, Quintin Dascher, Joseph Paramo, Dovic Patin and Rad Osburn. Back row: Christopher Chavtur, Joey Herr,
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Musical odyssey by three generations - Sunday Times.lk
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They had a repertoire that spanned Elvis, Cliff Richard, Ricky Nelson and other greats of the time. But his career in advertising saw Ishan making an early exit from the music scene. He never forgot his first love though. Thirty years later in 2000,
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Sons pay tribute to father - Glens Falls Post-Star
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Matthew and Gunnar Nelson will perform two live shows of 'Ricky Nelson Remembered,' a multimedia tribute to their father, on Saturday at the Charles R. Wood Theater. For Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, identical twin sons of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer
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Ricky Nelson's sons keep flame alive - Albany Times Union
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Gunnar Nelson, left, and Matthew Nelson present their Ricky Nelson Remembered concert. Photo courtesy of The Rick Nelson Company () Tribute bands are the rage these days, but this one has a unique and undeniable tie-in; ''Ricky Nelson Remembered'' is
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CALENDAR; Events on Long Island
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A guide to cultural and recreational events on Long Island. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to lical@nytimes.com . Comedy BAY SHORE Boulton Center for the Performing Arts Tom Papa. Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. $40. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main Street. (631) 969-1101; boultoncenter.org . SAG HARBOR
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Nelsons rock the house - Watertown Daily Times
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Twin brothers Matthew, left, and Gunnar Nelson rev up the crowd during their musical performance of Ricky Nelson Remembered. Posted: Friday, August 12, 2011 1:15 pm | Updated: 1:20 pm, Fri Aug 12, 2011. by Teresa Stowell After a summer of extreme hot
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Heat likely to blame for death of roofer - FOX 8 News WVUE-TV
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The Houma Fire Department says 48 year-old Ricky Nelson was working on a roof Wednesday when he collapsed and died. His coworkers watched him wilt in the unforgiving heat. "Next thing I know he was passing out and I was shaking him, shaking him,
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CALENDAR; Long Island
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A guide to cultural and recreational events on Long Island. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to lical@nytimes.com. Film HUNTINGTON Cinema Arts Center ''First Look for the First Suburb,'' a preview screening of the television documentary ''Suburban America: Problems and Promise,'' by Ron Rudaitis. Aug. 14, noon
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Society Confidential: Marshall Crenshaw recaps concert online; eating pretty ... - The Detroit News
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Past shows are archived on the website, including July 23's tribute to the Mosrite guitar, featuring songs by Ricky Nelson , The Ventures and others using the space age-sounding instrument. We stopped in at Crave Lounge in Dearborn last week for a
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Save the Music, Music, Music! - Huffington Post (blog)
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It then made the lists again with Vaughn Monroe (1944), Little Willie John (1961); and Ricky Nelson (1964). In between all that, it turned up in the background of "Casablanca" and on the records of every major recording artist in the business
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Sanford to work in Ghana – without Bill Gates - Sioux Falls Argus Leader
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11:00 pm Tickets go on sale at 10 am Friday for "Ricky Nelson Remembered.”- 1:36 pm SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A California prosecutor says US- 1:27 pm Ghana is a tropical nation on the Atlantic coast of west Africa. Independence: 1957, from Great
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ricky Nelson
    FORTIES
  • 1985
    Age 44
    On December 26, 1985, Nelson and the band left for a three-stop tour of the Southern United States.
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    Nelson dreaded flying but refused to travel by bus. In May 1985, he decided he needed a private plane and leased a luxurious, fourteen-seat, 1944 Douglas DC-3 that had once belonged to the DuPont family and later to Jerry Lee Lewis.
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    In 1985, Nelson began a "Comeback tour" with Fats Domino.
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  • 1982
    Age 41
    Within months of their meeting, she became his road companion, and in 1982 she moved in with him.
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    After years of legal proceedings, they were divorced in December 1982.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 39
    In 1980, Nelson met Helen Blair, a part-time model and exotic animal trainer, in Las Vegas.
  • 1975
    Age 34
    By 1975, following the birth of their last child, the marriage had deteriorated and a very public, controversial divorce involving both families was covered in the press for several years. In October 1977, Kris filed for divorce and asked for alimony, custody of their four children, and a portion of community property.
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  • 1972
    Age 31
    In 1972, Nelson reached the Top 40 one last time with "Garden Party", a song he wrote in disgust after a Richard Nader Oldies Concert at Madison Square Garden where the audience booed him, because, he felt, he was playing new songs instead of just his old hits.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 29
    Yet Nelson himself did not reach the Top 40 again until 1970, when he recorded Bob Dylan's "She Belongs to Me" with the Stone Canyon Band, featuring Randy Meisner, who in 1971 became a founding member of the Eagles, and former Buckaroo steel guitarist Tom Brumley.
  • 1964
    Age 23
    After some early successes with the label, most notably 1964's "For You" (#6), Nelson's chart career came to a dramatic halt in the wake of Beatlemania and The British Invasion.
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  • 1963
    Age 22
    In 1963, Nelson signed a 20-year contract with Decca Records.
    Nelson and Sharon Kristin Harmon were married on April 20, 1963, and divorced in December 1982.
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  • 1961
    Age 20
    At Christmas 1961, Nelson began dating Sharon Kristin "Kris" Harmon (born June 25, 1945), the daughter of football legend Tom Harmon and actress Elyse Knox (née Elsie Kornbrath) and the older sister of Kelly and Mark Harmon. The Nelsons and the Harmons had long been friends, and a union between their children held great appeal. Rick and Kris had much in common: quiet dispositions, Hollywood upbringings, and high-powered, domineering fathers. They married on April 20, 1963.
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    On May 8, 1961 (his 21st birthday), he officially modified his recording name from "Ricky Nelson" to "Rick Nelson".
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1960
    Age 19
    By 1960, the Ricky Nelson International Fan Club had 9,000 chapters around the world.
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  • 1958
    Age 17
    In 1958, Nelson recorded 17-year-old Sharon Sheeley's "Poor Little Fool" for his second album, Ricky Nelson, released in June 1958.
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    In the summer of 1958, Nelson conducted his first full-scale tour, averaging $5,000 nightly.
    During these two years, Presley had only recorded music for King Creole in January and February 1958 before his induction into the U.S. Armed Forces, and a brief recording session consisting of five songs while on Military Leave four months later.
    During 1958 and 1959, Nelson placed twelve hits on the charts in comparison with Presley's eleven.
  • 1957
    Age 16
    Nelson grew increasingly dissatisfied performing with older jazz and country session musicians, who were openly contemptuous of rock and roll. After his Ohio and Minnesota tours in the summer of 1957, he decided to form his own band with members closer to his age.
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    Nelson's first album, Ricky, was released in October 1957 and hit #1 before the end of the year.
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    In early summer 1957, Ozzie Nelson pulled his son from Verve after disputes about royalties and signed him to a lucrative five-year deal with Imperial Records that gave him approval over song selection, sleeve artwork, and other production details.
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    When the television series went on summer break in 1957, Nelson made his first road trip and played four state and county fairs in Ohio and Wisconsin with the Four Preps, who opened and closed for him.
    Before the single was released, he made his television rock-and-roll debut on April 10, 1957 singing and playing the drums to "I'm Walkin'" in the Ozzie and Harriet episode "Ricky, the Drummer".
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    On March 26, 1957, he recorded the Fats Domino standard "I'm Walkin'" and "A Teenager's Romance" (released in late April 1957 as his first single), and "You're My One and Only Love".
    In 1957, he recorded his first single, debuted as a singer on the television version of the sitcom, and released the #1 album entitled Ricky.
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  • 1956
    Age 15
    He was strongly influenced by the music of Carl Perkins and once said he tried to emulate the sound and the tone of the guitar break in Perkins's March 1956 Top Ten hit "Blue Suede Shoes."
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  • 1954
    Age 13
    Nelson attended Gardner Street Public School, Bancroft Junior High, and, between 1954 and 1958, Hollywood High School, from which he graduated with a B average.
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  • 1952
    Age 11
    In 1952, the Nelsons tested the waters for a television series with the theatrically released film Here Come the Nelsons. The film was a hit, and Ozzie was convinced the family could make the transition from radio's airwaves to television's small screen. On October 3, 1952, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet made its television debut and was broadcast in first run until September 3, 1966, to become one of the longest-running sitcoms in television history.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Age 8
    The Nelson boys were first played in the radio series by professional child actors until twelve-year-old Dave and eight-year-old Ricky joined the show on February 20, 1949, in the episode "Invitation to Dinner."
  • 1944
    Age 3
    The show debuted on Sunday, October 8, 1944, to favorable reviews.
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  • 1942
    Age 1
    Ricky joined his parents and brother in Los Angeles in 1942.
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  • 1941
    Age 0
    In November 1941, the Nelsons bought what would become their permanent home: a green and white, two-story, Cape Cod colonial home at 1822 Camino Palmero in Los Angeles.
    The Nelsons bought a two-story colonial house in Tenafly, New Jersey, and, six months after the purchase, moved with son David to Hollywood, where Ozzie and Harriet were slated to appear in the 1941–42 season of Red Skelton's The Raleigh Cigarette Hour; Ricky remained in Tenafly in the care of his paternal grandmother.
  • 1940
    Born
    Eric Hilliard "Ricky" Nelson was born on May 8, 1940, in Teaneck, New Jersey.
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