Rick Nelson, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer
About the Book
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.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 47 photos, filmography, discography, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
Table of Contents
Foreword by Bruce Berenson 1
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
7. Return to Rockabilly Roots 117
8. America Loses Its Favorite Son 133
9. Musical Legacy 143
Appendix 1: Select Discography 151
Appendix 2: Select Filmography and Television and Radio Broadcasts 161
Appendix 3: Prolific Songwriters for Rick Nelson 176
Book Reviews & Awards
“there are a ton of great photos in the book, some of which have probably never been seen by many fans. Good reading”—Echoes Of the Past; “Homer is an expert in the area of rock and roll roots music. Her books are filled with painstaking research, accurate assessments, and first hand recollections via interviews. This is an intelligent, insightful, fascinating examination of just what makes this music tick…highly recommended”—Examiner; “an outstanding book”—The Journal of American Culture; “Homer’s vivid account, littered with intimate, fly-on-the-wall revelations, drew me into the tale. The amount of detail is impressive”—Now Dig This; “a thorough job…research is excellent…valuable…an obvious labor of love, easy to read and hard to put down, stuffed full of little nuggets…highly recommended”—UK Rock Magazine; “shows a true love of the subject, his life, his history, and, his long and varied career”—records.thewwbc.net; “I cannot tell you what a wonderful addition this would be to your personal library”—legends.thewwbc.net; “a well-researched biography and one that is well worth reading. A brilliant book”—Rock ’n’ Roll Musikmagazin; “Homer has written a balanced, analytical biography of Nelson and she leaves few stones unturned”—Record Collector News.