1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Ricky Nelson (born May 8, 1940)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Poor Little Fool 1958
also A Teenager’s Romance, Be-Bop Baby, and Stood Up in 1957, Lonesome Town in 1958, and Never Be Anyone Else But You in 1959.
Recording career on the charts: 1957–1973 Record Labels: Verve & Imperial
The son of bandleader Ozzie Nelson and vocalist Harriet Hilliard, Eric Nelson was born in Teaneck, New Jersey. In 1949, 8-year-old ‘Ricky’ and brother David made their first appearance on the ‘Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,’ a radio show centered on the real life of the couple. Initially, actors were hired to play the children but the boys pressured their parents to play themselves. On their TV show in 1957, Ricky debuted I’m Walkin’ and Be-Bop Baby and each sold a million copies. Ozzie supervised the tight top-notch combo that backed his son—rockabilly whiz James Burton played lead guitar. His music crossed between 50s EASY-POP, rockabilly, and rock ‘n’ roll. On the big screen, he co-starred in John Wayne’s western ‘Rio Bravo’ and the comedy ‘The Wackiest Ship in the Navy’ with Jack Lemmon. His self-composed last hit, Garden Party, in 1972 was a response to audiences wanting to hear only his old songs. Adult, Rick Nelson died in a New Year’s Eve plane crash in Texas in 1985.