Ricky Nelson (rock n roll artist)

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Legal name: Eric Hilliard Nelson

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Eric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985) — known as Ricky Nelson, later also as Rick Nelson — was an American actor, musician and singer-songwriter. He starred alongside his family in the television series, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–66), as well as 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 between 1957 and 1973 including "Poor Little Fool" which holds the distinction of being 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, he 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 entitled 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. On February 14, 1981, a son (Eric Crewe) was born to Nelson and Georgeann Crewe. A blood test in 1985 confirmed that Nelson was the child's father. Nelson was engaged to Helen Blair when both were killed in an airplane crash on December 31, 1985.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1957 Ricky Ricky Nelson 1
1958 Ricky Nelson Ricky Nelson 1
1959 Songs by Ricky Ricky Nelson 1
1959 Ricky Sings Again Ricky Nelson 1
1961 Rick Is 21 Ricky Nelson 1
1963 It's Up to You Ricky Nelson 1
1963 Rick Nelson Sings "For You" Ricky Nelson 1
1970 Rick Sings Nelson Ricky Nelson 1
1986 Memphis Sessions Rick Nelson 1
1993 Stay Young: Epic Recordings Ricky Nelson 1
1999 A Night to Remember Ricky Nelson 1
2007 Rio Bravo Ricky Nelson 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 The Best of Rick Nelson: 1963-1975 Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
1990 EMI Legendary Masters Series: Ricky Nelson Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
1990 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: Ricky Nelson: 1957-1972 Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
1991 The Best of Ricky Nelson Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
1995 Lonesome Town: All-Time Greatest Hits Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
1996 Rockin' With Ricky Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
1997 The Greatest Hits Compilation Ricky Nelson 2
1998 Bright Lights... / Country Fever Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
1999 Anthology Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
2000 Legacy Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
2001 Ricky Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
2001 The American Dream - The Complete Imperial and Verve Recordings (1957-1963) Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
2001 The American Dream Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
2002 Greatest Hits Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
2005 Ricky Nelson: Greatest Hits Compilation Ricky Nelson 5 1
2006 Ricky Rocks Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
2008 Greatest Love Songs Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
2011 Lonesome Town - The Complete Record Releases (1957-1959) Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
25 Greatest Hits Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
A (Musical) Anthology Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
All My Best Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
Hello Mary Lou Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band: 1969-76 Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
Ricky Nelson / Collection Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
Ricky Nelson's Greatest Hits Revisited Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
Teenage Idol Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
The Best of Rick Nelson Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
The Best of Rick Nelson, Volume 2 Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
The EP Collection Compilation Ricky Nelson 1
The Ricky Nelson Singles Album Compilation Ricky Nelson 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 Rick Nelson in Concert The Troubadour, 1969 Live Ricky Nelson 2

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1957 Stood Up / Waitin' in School Ricky Nelson 1
1958 I Got A Feeling / Lonesome Town Ricky Nelson 1
1958 I Got a Feeling Ricky Nelson 1
1960 Hello Mary Lou Goodbye Heart Ricky Nelson 1
1961 A Wonder Like You / Everlovin' Ricky Nelson 1
1962 Young World / Summertime Ricky Nelson 1
1962 Teen Age Idol / I've Got My Eyes on You (And I Like What I See) Ricky Nelson 1

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