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Ricky Nelson

can also mean Ricky Nelson (wrestler) or Ricky Lee Nelson, baseball player.

"Eric Hilliard "Ricky" Nelson", alternately "Rick Nelson" (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985), was one of the first American teen idols.

Born in Teaneck, New Jersey, he was the younger son of Ozzie Nelson, the leader of a big band, and Harriet Hilliard Nelson, the band's singer. Along with brother David Nelson, the family starred in the long-running radio and television series ''The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet'' from 1944 to 1966; until 1949, for a time the sons were played on radio by professional actors.

Nelson began a rock and roll music career in 1957. He recorded his debut single, the Fats Domino song "I'm Walkin'," seeking to impress a date who was an Elvis Presley fan — Nelson's first song was a hit, reaching #4 on the charts. Soon, each television show ended with a musical performance by "Ricky".

From 1957 to 1962, Nelson had 30 top 40 hits, more than any other artist at the time, except Elvis. Many of Nelson's early records were double hits with both the A side and the B side hitting the billboard charts.

While Nelson preferred "Rockabilly" and uptempo rock so...

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