Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Remember Eric Hilliard Nelson? Better known as Ricky Nelson, he was an American singer-songwriter and actor who had fifty-three songs hit the charts between 1957 and 1973. Ricky had a huge teen following, nineteen top-ten hits, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Following his death in an airplane crash on December 31, 1985, the media reported a great deal of negativity surrounding this early rock star, but I choose not to write about it. Instead, perhaps someone should appreciate his positive contributions.
Nelson began his entertainment career in 1949 playing himself in the radio and later television sitcom series, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In 1957, he recorded his first single, which debuted on the TV show.
At one time, Nelson was the recipient of a Golden Globe nomination as the Most Promising Male Newcomer. He went on to star in the western film, Rio Bravo and a few other movies, and made appearances as a guest star on various television programs through the 1960s and 1970s.
You made many people happy, Ricky. RIP.