Biography of an artist NO 5. - RICK(Y) NELSON

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Biography of an artist NO 5. - RICK(Y) NELSON

Postby rockerbob » Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:31 am

Nelson had a strong country feel to much of his material from the beginning, and by the late '60s it was becoming dominant. He covered straight country material by the likes of Willie Nelson and Doug Kershaw and formed one of the earliest country-rock groups, the Stone Canyon Band, with musicians who had played (or would play) with Poco, Buck Owens, Little Feat, and Roger McGuinn. A cover of Bob Dylan's "She Belongs to Me" made the Top 40 in 1970, but his country-rock outings attracted more critical acclaim than commercial success, until 1972's "Garden Party." A rare self-composed number, based around the frosty reception granted his contemporary material at a rock & roll oldies show, it became his last Top Ten hit.

Nelson would continue to record off and on for the next dozen years and toured constantly, yet he was unable to capitalize on his assets. A big part of the problem was that although Nelson wanted to play contemporary music, he didn't write much of his own material, which was a basic precept of self-respecting rock acts after the advent of the Beatles. Nor did he tap into good outside compositions, and there's little of interest on the albums he recorded over the last decade or so of his life. He died (along with his fiancée) in a private plane crash on December 31, 1985, on his way to a New Year's Eve gig in Dallas, at the age of 45. Bob http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVvIfoNBY3w

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Postby Moya. T.B.F.F.C. » Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:46 am

Hmmmm! Nice lookin' fella too. Luv dancin' to his Poor Little Fool & It's Late. Hope U.R.A.O.K. Bob. X
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Postby Moya. T.B.F.F.C. » Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:53 am

Let's Have A Party(!) with Wanda Jackson Hey Bob!
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Postby Pierre » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:50 am

That's the best one so far!!!

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Postby Geoff H » Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:31 pm

Got a Ricky Nelson CD collection for my last birthday. often have it playing in the car. Love things like "poor Little Fool" and "Stood Up".
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Postby Pierre » Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:46 pm

I'm a huge Ricky Nelson fan and if you don't mind me adding Bob, he came from a family already in the entertainment business... His parents were Ozzie and Harriet and they had their own TV Show, which Ricky starred in before he became a singer....

He was also an actor and starred with John Wayne and Dean Martin, amongst others...

Funny enough, he only started singing because he was out with a girlfriend and an Elvis song came on the radio, and she got all excited about Elvis. Ricky got jealous and said to her that he could sing and do that too... so he did!!

If you listen to some tracks like "Waitin' In School"... you can almost hear the sounds of the very first "rap" recording!!!

Other songs to look out for are A WONDER LIKE YOU and I RISE I FALL.

Personally, I think that Ricky, like Billy, never got the recognition he deserved.

Also, the last song Ricky performed during the tour before he boarded that plane was Buddy's RAVE ON....

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Postby marie » Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:21 pm

I love Ricky Nelson.
How about one of my favourites, Johnny Burnette Bob :wink:
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Postby rockerbob » Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:28 pm

Johnny Burnette, he was not on my list Marie but will see what can be done. Pierre, thank you for the extra info on Ricky, some of his rockabilly tracks are still played in the rock and roll clubs today and quite regurlary too ''Stood Up.'' Bob :cool:
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Postby marie » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:40 pm

Thank you Bob xxx
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Postby Pierre » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:58 pm

Fascinating Bob... "Stood Up"... story of my life... or was that Michael Holliday!!!

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Postby rockerbob » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:48 pm

Moya. T.B.F.F.C. wrote:Hmmmm! Nice lookin' fella too. Luv dancin' to his Poor Little Fool & It's Late. Hope U.R.A.O.K. Bob. X
I'm plodding along Moya but Sheila unfortunately has breast cancer.
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