Rick Nelson, Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer

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McFarland, Aug 16, 2012 - Music - 206 pages
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Ricky Nelson (he later preferred "Rick") was 8 years old when he began his career in show business. After a successful run on radio, his family's situation comedy The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet enjoyed a 14 year television tenure. On the April 10, 1957, episode, "Ricky the Drummer," Nelson started his singing career by lip syncing to Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'." He scored 36 Top 40 singles between 1957 and 1972 and ranked number 5 in Billboard's Top 25 Artists of the Decade 1950-1959. As a country rock pioneer, Rick Nelson influenced Buffalo Springfield, Linda Ronstadt, and the Eagles. This book is a candid account of his life in rock and roll through stories told by musicians and producers on the road and in the studio with him. Actors and family members also provided invaluable memories and insights.
 

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User Review  - Cyndecat - LibraryThing

A wonderful candid look into the life of Rick Neson, telivision star, teen idol, musician and writer, through the stories, and memories of family, fellow musicians and others who worked with him ... Read full review

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Very interesting book about Rick Nelson's music career. Even though his father started as a band director Rick was his own man and knew just what he wanted and how he saw his music to go. The book ... Read full review

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Contents

Foreword by Bruce Berenson
1
Introduction
5
1 Musical Destiny
9
2 The Irrepressible Ricky
13
3 Televised Singing Debut
18
4 Rockabilly Provides a String of Hits
33
5 Pop Goes the Sound
61
6 Country Rock Pioneer
83
8 America Loses Its Favorite Son
133
9 Musical Legacy
143
Select Discography
151
Select Filmography and Television and Radio Broadcasts
161
Proli fic Songwriters for Rick Nelson
176
Notes
179
Bibliography
189
Index
193

7 Return to Rockabilly Roots
117

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About the author (2012)

Journalist Sheree Homer ran her own music magazine, Rockabilly Revue, for two years. Since 2006, she has contributed articles to various publications, including Blue Suede News. She lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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