Ricky Nelson (rock n roll artist)

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Legal name: Eric Hilliard Nelson


Ricky Nelson (born Eric Hilliard Nelson, also known as Rick Nelson; May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985) 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 Ricky Ricky Nelson 2
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 2
1963 For Your Sweet Love Rick Nelson 1
1963 Rick Nelson Sings "For You" Ricky Nelson 1
1970 Rick Sings Nelson Ricky Nelson 1
1971 Rudy The Fifth Ricky Nelson 1
1981 Playing to Win 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 RatingReleases
1971 Ricky Nelson Ricky Nelson 1
1986 All My Best Ricky Nelson 1
1990 The Best of Rick Nelson: 1963-1975 Ricky Nelson 1
1990 EMI Legendary Masters Series: Ricky Nelson Ricky Nelson 1
1990 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: Ricky Nelson: 1957-1972 Ricky Nelson 1
1991 The Best of Ricky Nelson Ricky Nelson 1
1995 Lonesome Town: All-Time Greatest Hits Ricky Nelson 1
1996 Rockin' With Ricky Ricky Nelson 1
1997 The Greatest Hits Ricky Nelson 2
1998 Bright Lights... / Country Fever Ricky Nelson 1
1999 Anthology Ricky Nelson 1
1999 A (Musical) Anthology Ricky Nelson 1
2000 Legacy Ricky Nelson 1
2001 Ricky Ricky Nelson 1
2001 The American Dream - The Complete Imperial and Verve Recordings (1957-1963) Ricky Nelson 2
2002 Greatest Hits Ricky Nelson 1
2005 Ricky Nelson: Greatest Hits Ricky Nelson 5 1
2006 Ricky Rocks Ricky Nelson 1
2008 Greatest Love Songs Ricky Nelson 1
2011 Lonesome Town - The Complete Record Releases (1957-1959) Ricky Nelson 1
25 Greatest Hits Ricky Nelson 1
Hello Mary Lou Ricky Nelson 1
Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band: 1969-76 Ricky Nelson 1
Ricky Nelson / Collection Ricky Nelson 1
Ricky Nelson's Greatest Hits Revisited Ricky Nelson 1
Teenage Idol Ricky Nelson 1
The Best of Rick Nelson Ricky Nelson 1
The Best of Rick Nelson, Volume 2 Ricky Nelson 1
The EP Collection Ricky Nelson 1
The Ricky Nelson Singles Album Ricky Nelson 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Rick Nelson in Concert The Troubadour, 1969 Ricky Nelson 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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
1958 Poor Little Fool Ricky Nelson 1
1959 It's Late / Never Be Anyone Else but You 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
1963 Fools Rush In / Down Home Rick Nelson 1
1963 For You / That's All She Wrote Rick Nelson 1

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