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Rick Nelson

Eric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985), known professionally as Ricky Nelson, was an American pop star, musician, and singer-songwriter. From age eight he starred alongside his family in the radio and television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In 1957 he began a long and successful career as a popular recording artist. As one of the top "teen idols" of the 1950s his fame led to a motion picture role co-starring alongside John Wayne and Dean Martin in Howard Hawks's western feature film Rio Bravo (1959). He placed 53 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, and its predecessors, between 1957 and 1973, including "Poor Little Fool" in 1958, which was the first #1 song on Billboard magazine's then-newly created Hot 100 chart. He recorded 19 additional Top 10 hits and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987. In 1996 Nelson was ranked #49 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

Nelson began his entertainment career in 1949 playing himself in the radio sitcom series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In 1952, he appeared in his first feature film, Here Come the Nelsons. In 1957, he recorded his first single, debuted as a singer on the television version of the sitcom, and released the #1 album titled Ricky. In 1958, Nelson released his first #1 single, "Poor Little Fool", and in 1959 received a Golden Globe nomination for "Most Promising Male Newcomer" after starring in Rio Bravo. 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.

Nelson and Sharon Kristin Harmon were married on April 20, 1963, and divorced in December 1982. They had four children: Tracy Kristine, twin sons Gunnar Eric and Matthew Gray, and Sam Hilliard.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 8th, 1940 (Teaneck), Died Dallas

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1963 - 1972

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar, piano

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 210 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 118086 10/26/1966 It doesn't matter anymore Rick Nelson vocalist  
Decca 118088 10/26/1966 They don't give medals (to yesterday's heroes) Rick Nelson vocalist  
Decca 118091 10/26/1966 Take a broken heart Rick Nelson vocalist  
Decca 118093 10/26/1966 Try to see it my way Rick Nelson ; Joanie Sommers vocalist  
Decca L 13112 2/12/1963 You don't love me anymore Rick Nelson vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 13113 2/12/1963 I got a woman Rick Nelson vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 13131 3/7/1963 What comes next? Rick Nelson vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 13132 3/7/1963 Everytime I see you smiling Rick Nelson vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 13133 3/7/1963 Everytime I think about you Rick Nelson vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 13134 3/7/1963 For your sweet love Rick Nelson vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 13135 3/14/1963 Gypsy woman-1 Rick Nelson vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 13136 3/14/1963 Little by little Rick Nelson vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 13137 3/14/1963 I will follow you-1 Rick Nelson vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 13138 3/21/1963 Let's talk the whole thing over Rick Nelson vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 13139 3/21/1963 One boy too late Rick Nelson ; Rick Nelson vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 13150 3/20/1963 I can't get started Rick Nelson ; Rick Nelson vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 13194 4/2/1963 Pick up the pieces Rick Nelson vocalist  
Decca L 13195 4/2/1963 String along-1 Rick Nelson vocalist  
Decca L 13233 7/16/1963 You're free to go Rick Nelson vocalist  
Decca L 13234 7/16/1963 Hello Mister Happiness-1 Rick Nelson vocalist  
Decca L 13235 7/16/1963 That same old feeling-1 Rick Nelson vocalist  
Decca L 13236 7/30/1963 Down home-1 Rick Nelson vocalist  
Decca L 13237 7/30/1963 I rise, I fall Rick Nelson vocalist  
Decca L 13238 7/30/1963 (I'd be) A legend in my time Rick Nelson vocalist  
Decca L 13247 8/15/1963 Fools rush in-1 Rick Nelson vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 210 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Nelson, Rick," accessed October 31, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/207234.

Nelson, Rick. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 31, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/207234.

"Nelson, Rick." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 31 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/207234

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