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Ricky Nelson

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Ricky Nelson

American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and actor, starring alongside his family in the long-running television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet , as well as co-starring alongside John Wayne and Dean Martin in Howard Hawks' Western feature film Rio Bravo add

Category: Music

Born in 1940.

Countries: United States (75%), New Jersey (6%), Wisconsin (5%)

Main connections: Rio Bravo (film), James Burton, Dean Martin

Linked to: Decca Records, Garden Party, Waitin' In School, Billboard

 

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Ricky Nelson was born in 1940 add something


1941

Bashe 17 The Nelsons bought a two-story Colonial in Tenafly, New Jersey, New Jersey, and six months after the purchase, moved with son David to Hollywood, California 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, New Jersey in the care of his paternal grandmother add something


1944

When Skelton was drafted in 1944, Guedel crafted the radio sitcom, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet", for Ricky's parents add something

 

The show debuted on Sunday, October 8, 1944 to favorable reviews add something


1949

Nelson began his entertainment career in 1949 playing himself in the radio sitcom series, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet", and, in 1952, appeared in his first feature film, "Here Come the Nelsons" add something

 

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 add something


1950

At the age of 45, Nelson said the only girl he ever really loved was involved with him for two years in the late 1950s add something

 

Hank Williams - Many rock and roll pioneers of the 1950s, such as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, Ricky Nelson, Jack Scott, Conway Twitty recorded Williams songs early in their careers

 

Dave Bartholomew - Pat Boone's cover of "Ain't That a Shame," and Ricky Nelson's version of "I'm Walkin'" were top twenty hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s

 

James Burton - Since the 1950s, Burton has recorded and performed with an array of notable singers, including Bob Luman, Dale Hawkins, Ricky Nelson, Elvis_Presley, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Claude King, Elvis Costello, Joe Osborn, Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill, Suzi Quatro and Allen "Puddler" Harris


1952

In 1952, the Nelsons tested the waters for a television series with the theatrically released film, "Here Come the Nelsons add something

 

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 add something


1954

Nelson attended Gardner Street Public School, Bancroft Junior High, and Hollywood High School between 1954 and 1958 from which he graduated with a B average add something


1956

Holdship 2 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' March 1956 Top Ten hit, "Blue Suede Shoes" add something


1957

After his Ohio and Minnesota tours in the summer of 1957, he decided to form his own band with members closer to his age add something

 

From 1957 to 1962, Nelson had 30 Top-40 hits, more than any other artist except Presley and Pat Boone add something

 

In 1957, Nelson was seventeen when he met and fell in love with Marianne Gaba, who played the role of Ricky's girlfriend in three episodes of "Ozzie and Harriet" add something

 

In 1957, he recorded his first single, debuted as a singer on the television version of the sitcom, and recorded a number one album, "Ricky" add something

 

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 add something

 

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 add something

 

On March 26, 1957, he recorded the Fats Domino standard "I'm Walkin'" and "A Teenager's Romance" , and "You're My One and Only Love" add something

 

Before the single was released, he made his television rock and roll debut on April 10, 1957 lip-synching "I'm Walkin'" in the "Ozzie and Harriet" episode, "Ricky, the Drummer" add something

 

Nelson's first album, "Ricky", was released in October 1957 and hit number one before the end of the year add something


1958

During 1958 and 1959, Nelson placed twelve hits on the charts in comparison with Presley's eleven add something

 

In 1958, Nelson recorded his first number one single, "Poor Little Fool", and, in 1959, received a Golden Globe "Most Promising Male Newcomer" nomination after starring in "Rio Bravo" add something

 

In 1958, Nelson recorded seventeen-year-old Sharon Sheeley's "Poor Little Fool" for his second album "Ricky Nelson" released in June add something

 

James Burton - Burton played lead guitar on all of Rick Nelson's recordings between 1958 and 1967


1959

Howard Hawks - In 1959 Hawks re-teamed with John Wayne in Rio Bravo, starring Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Walter Brennan as four marshal's "defending the fort" of their local jail where a local criminal is awaiting a trial and his family attempt to break him out.

 

John Russell (actor) - Russell appeared in other motion pictures for Warner Brothers, notably as the villain in "Yellowstone Kelly" with other Warner Brothers Television contract stars as well as the Howard Hawks 1959 western, "Rio Bravo", which starred John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, and Walter Brennan

 

Rio Bravo (film) - "'Rio Bravo"' is a 1959 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie_Dickinson, Walter Brennan, and Ward Bond


1960

By 1960, the Ricky Nelson International Fan Club had 9,000 chapters around the world add something

 

Bobby Vinton - Also noteworthy is the fact that Vinton continued to have big hit records during the British Invasion, scoring 16 top ten hits, while Connie Francis, Ricky Nelson, the Shirelles and other major artists of the early 1960s struggled to reach even the Top 30

 

Joe Osborn - In 1960, with Allen "Puddler" Harris, a native of Franklin Parish, in northeastern Louisiana, and James Burton, originally from Webster Parish, he joined pop star Ricky Nelson's backup band, where he spent four years

 

Gene Pitney - In the UK he had 22 Top-40 hits, and 11 singles in the Top Ten. He wrote the early 1960s hits "Rubber Ball" by Bobby Vee, "He's a Rebel" by The Crystals, and "Hello Mary Lou" by Ricky Nelson

 

Lee Gordon (promoter) - In September 1960, after two years of protracted negotiations, Gordon managed to book a concert tour by TV heartthrob and rock'n'roll star Ricky Nelson


1961

At Christmas 1961, Nelson began dating Sharon Kristin "Kris" Harmon , the daughter of football legend Tom Harmon and actress Elyse Knox , and the older sister of Kelly and Mark add something

 

On May 8, 1961 , he officially modified his recording name from "Ricky Nelson" to "Rick Nelson" add something

 

Kristin Nelson - On December 25, 1961, Harmon began dating Ricky Nelson


1963

In 1963, Nelson signed a 20-year contract with Decca Records add something

 

Kris Nelson joined the television show as a regular cast member in 1963 add something

 

Nelson and Sharon Kristin Harmon were married on April 20, 1963, and divorced in December 1982 add something


1966

A few films followed, and, when the television series was cancelled in 1966, Nelson made occasional appearances as a guest star on various television programs add something


1967

This creative editing can be seen in videos Ozzie produced for "Travelin' Man." Nelson finally did appear on the Sullivan show in 1967, but his career by that time was in limbo add something


1970

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 steel guitarist Tom Brumley, and Randy Meisner before the Eagles formed add something


1972

In 1972, Nelson reached the Top 40 one last time with "Garden Party", a song he wrote in disgust after a Madison Square Garden audience booed him, because, in his mind, he was playing new songs instead of just his old hits add something


1973

In 1973, he had an acting role in an episode of "The Streets of San Francisco", in which he played the part of a hippie flute-playing leader of a harem of young prostitutes add something


1974

In 1974 MCA was at odds as to what to do with the former teen idol add something

 

Eric Louzil - Louzil began his career as associate producer of the short film "Sonic Boom" starring Ricky Nelson, George_Kennedy, Sal Mineo and Keith Moon in 1974


1975

Following the birth of their last child, the marriage deteriorated by 1975, and a very public controversial divorce involving both families was covered in the press for several years add something

 

Eric Louzil - Louzil began his career as a UCLA film student, when he served as associate producer of the short film "Sonic Boom" starring Ricky Nelson, George_Kennedy, Sal Mineo and Keith Moon in 1975


1977

In October 1977, Kris filed for divorce and asked for alimony, custody of their four children, and a portion of community property add something


1980

Even in the 1980s, when Nelson realized his dream of meeting Carl Perkins, Perkins noted that he and "Ricky" were the last of the "rockabilly breed add something

 

In 1980, Nelson met Helen Blair, a part-time model and exotic animal trainer, in Las Vegas add something

 

On May 16, 1980, Nelson met Georgeann Crewe at the Playboy Resort in Great Gorge, New Jersey add something


1981

Crewe unsuccessfully attempted to contact Nelson several times to let him know that she was pregnant, and on February 14, 1981, she gave birth to Nelson's son, Eric Jude Crewe add something

 

On February 14, 1981, a son was born to Nelson and Georgeann Crewe add something


1982

Within months of their meeting, she became his road companion, and, in 1982, moved in with him add something

 

After years of legal proceedings, they were divorced in December 1982 add something


1985

A blood test in 1985 confirmed Nelson was the child's father add something

 

In 1985, a blood test confirmed Nelson was the father, but Nelson was not interested in Crewe or their son add something


Ricky Nelson died in 1985 add something

 

In May 1985, he decided he needed a private plane and leased a luxurious, fourteen-seat, 1944 Douglas DC-3 for private use that once belonged to the DuPont family and later to Jerry Lee Lewis add something

 

On 26 December 1985, Nelson and the band left for a three-stop tour of the Southern United States add something

 

CST on 31 December 1985, impacting trees as it came to earth add something

 

Nelson was engaged to Helen Blair at the time of his death in an airplane crash on December 31, 1985 add something


1986

On 6 January 1986, 250 mourners entered the Church of the Hills for funeral services while 700 fans gathered outside add something


1987

He recorded nineteen additional top-ten hits, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987 add something

 

William R. Moses - On July 25, 1987, Moses married actress Tracy Nelson, daughter of the late rock singer Ricky Nelson and Kristin Harmon Nelson


2007

Also in 2007, Nelson was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame add something


2019

On June 25, 2019, "The New York Times Magazine" listed Ricky Nelson among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire add something