This is the first of two episodes saluting one of the most famous names in rock and roll history. His early recordings were a mixture of rock and roll, rockabilly, and gentle ballad styles. In later years, he was a pioneer in the genre of country rock. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, his success rivaled contemporary stars such as Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, and Fats Domino. He’s Ricky Nelson – or as he later called himself – Rick Nelson.
In our two-part retrospective, we’ll spotlight all of his hit singles. And we’ll track his trajectory from child actor to rock and roll stardom.
Many of Rick Nelson’s hits were remakes of big band songs from the 1920s and 1930s, country and western numbers from the 1940s, and rhythm and blues and rockabilly recordings from the 1950s. We’ll sample those originals, too.
Our resident, Rockologist Ken Deutsch, will be along with lots of fascinating factoids. And Radio Dave will have more of the greatest rock and roll stories on record.
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