|The Rick Nelson Legacy|
Born Eric Hilliard Nelson in Teaneck, New Jersey on May 8, 1940. His first experience of showbusiness was in 1948 on the radio show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, which featured him together with his parents, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and his brother David. Later when the show was transferred to TV, he became a firm favorite of the weekly viewers. At the age of sixteen Ricky branched out on his own as a singer and was immediately accepted by the nation's teenagers. His first release in 1956 was an instant hit, turning him into a million-selling teenage idol.
Newly signed to Imperial, Ricky had his second hit, "Be Bop Baby" b/w "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" selling over two million copies. Hot on the heels of "Be-Bop Baby" came his third chart record, "Stood Up" b/w "Waitin' In School", and his first album, RICKY, which went to number one. By the time Ricky's second album RICKY NELSON was released, "Stood Up" had been followed by "Believe What You Say" and "Poor Llttle Fool", one of the summertime hits of 1958. His personal appearances broke box office records everywhere and he was signed for his first major film starring role in a successful Western classic entitled RIO BRAVO with John Wayne and Dean Martin. Ricky kept on scoring hits in the sixties with songs like "Travelin' Man", and-two more of his biggest hits, "Teenage Idol" and "Hello Mary Lou".
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