Ricky Nelson, also known as Rick Nelson (* 8. May 1940; † 31. December 1985), was one of the first teenage stars in the United States. His father Ozzie Nelson had a big band, his mother was the singer of the band.
Born as Eric Hilliard Nelson (Hilliard was the maiden name of his mother), Ricky began his career with his family in Radio Show The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. The show was soon brought to television.
In 1957 Ricky Nelson began his Rock’n’Roll career. His first single, with whom he wanted to impress his girlfriend, was I’m Walkin of Fat’s Domino; The song became a hit.
Nelson worked with significant musicians, such as James Burton, Joe Maphis and Johnny and Dorsey Burnette. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Nelson was one of the most commercially successful singers in the states and was surpassed only by Elvis Presley. 1963 Nelson signed a 20-year contract with Decca Records, but for YOU in 1964 he had no major hits.
Ricky Nelson also played in films, Z.B. in Rio Bravo (1959) and Love and Kisses (1965).
He died in 1985 at a plane crash in De Calf in Texas.
Ricky Nelson is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Ricky Nelson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His twin sons Gunnar and Matthew Nelson were also teenage stars, and his daughter Tracy Nelson is actress.