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Transcript of Ricky Nelson
Tributes, Honors, Recognition
Nelson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1515 Vine Street.
At the 20th anniversary of Nelson's death, PBS televised Ricky Nelson Sings, a documentary featuring interviews with his children, as well as James Burton and Kris Kristofferson. On December 27, 2005, EMI Music released an album entitled Ricky Nelson's Greatest Hits which peaked at #56 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Jam band Phish opened their New Year's Eve show on 12/31/12 at Madison Square Garden with a cover of "Garden Party".
Bob Dylan wrote about Nelson's influence on his music in his 2004 memoir, "Chronicles, Vol. 1".
Ricky did not like to fly. The plane, the D-3, had many mechanical problems.
He died in a plane crash which landed nearly 2 miles northeast from the landing strip.
In 1957, when Nelson was 17, he fell in love with Marianne Gaba, who played the role of Ricky's girlfriend in three episodes of Ozzie and Harriet.
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 Harmon.
They married on April 20, 1963 and had four children together
He later had a fifth child with Georgeann Crewe
Interest In Music
With his father's help, he secured a one-record deal with Verve Records, an important jazz label looking for a young and popular personality who could sing or be taught to sing. 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."
On May 8, 1961 (his 21st birthday), he officially modified his recording name from "Ricky Nelson" to "Rick Nelson." His childhood nickname proved hard to shake, especially among the generation who had watched him grow up on "Ozzie and Harriet." 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."
In addition to his recording career, Nelson appeared in movies, including the Howard Hawks western classic Rio Bravo with John Wayne, Dean Martin, and Walter Brennan (1959), plus The Wackiest Ship In the Army (1960) with Jack Lemmon and Love and Kisses (1965) with Jack Kelly.
Birth and death
Born: May 8, 1940 in Teaneck, NJ to Ozzie and Harriet Nelson
His birth name was Eric Hilliard Nelson
Death: December 31, 1985, De Kalb, TX
Ricky suffered from severe asthma as a young boy
Nelson attended Gardner Street Public Schools
He graduated High School with a B average
Nelson played clarinet and drums in his early teens
At age sixteen, he wanted to impress a friend who was an Elvis Presley fan and, although he had no record contract at the time, told her that he, too, was going to make a record.