45 (passed away Dec. 31st, 1985)
May. 8th, 1940
Teaneck, New Jersey, USA
Ricky Nelson's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1976 - The Shootist
1960 - The Wackiest Ship in the Army
1959 - Rio Bravo
Guest TV Roles
William T. 'Billy' Jeffers
Country Boy White
Jimmy Roy Taylor
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- Son of 'Ozzie Nelson' (qv) and 'Harriet Hilliard' (qv).
- One of the most popular teen idols on the late 1950's and early 1960's, his many hit records, primarily on the Imperial and American Decca labels, include "I'm Walkin'", "Travelin' Man", "Poor Little Fool", "For You", "Fools Rush In", "It's Late", and "Garden Party". Most of these songs were originally introduced on _"The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1952)_ (qv) TV show.
- Father of 'Tracy Nelson (I)' (qv), 'Matthew Nelson (I)' (qv), 'Gunnar Nelson (I)' (qv) and 'Sam Nelson (II)' (qv).
- He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1515 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
- Brother of actor/director, 'David Nelson (I)' (qv)
- Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 596-599. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
- He at first had no ambition to be a rock singer. When a girlfriend told him that she was in love with 'Elvis Presley' (qv), Rick told her that he was a rock singer, too. He hurriedly cut a cover of 'Fats Domino' (qv)'s song "I'm Walkin'", which became a big hit and started his musical career.
- He was voted the 91st Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
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