Nelson, Rick

Uncommon youthful portrait of the teen idol singing into a microphone

Price: $225.00

Description:
(1940-1985) Musician, singer, songwriter, actor. His career began in 1949 in “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” on the radio and on TV 1952-66, one of the longest-running sitcoms in history. At 13, he earned $100,000+/year, and at 16 he had $500,000 in trust funds managed by his parents. In 1957 he began a successful career as a recording artist. As a 1950’s teen idol, his fame led to a role with John Wayne and Dean Martin in “Rio Bravo” (1959) earning a Golden Globe nomination. On his 21st birthday, he changed his recording name to "Rick Nelson", returning to “Ricky” in 1985. He had 53 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and its 1957-73 predecessors, incl. “Poor Little Rich Boy” (1958), 1st #1 song on Billboard’s new Hot 100 Chart. He recorded 19 more Top 10 hits and was a 1987 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. In 1996 he ranked #49 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time; in 2004, he ranked #91 of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 1957, he debuted as a singer on the TV sitcom, and released the album “Ricky”, #1 at year end. He released his 1st #1 single, “Poor Little Fool” in 1958, #1 single on Billboard's Hot 100, selling 2 million+ copies. A few films followed, and when the TV series ended in 1966, he appeared on other TV shows. He learned guitar and vocally imitated his favorite rockabilly artist, Carl Perkins. At 16, he secured a one-record deal with Verve, and in 1957 recorded the Fats Domino standard “I’m Walkin’”, “A Teenager’s Romance” (his 1st single) and “You’re My One and Only Love.” Before release, he made his TV music debut in an “Ozzie and Harriet” episode. When he appeared with the Four Preps at an LA high school, he was met by hordes of screaming teens. “I’m Walkin’” reached #4 on Billboard’s Best Sellers in Stores and its flip side, “A Teenager’s Romance” was #2. In 1957, with Imperial, “Be-Bop Baby” got 750,000 advance orders, sold 1M+ copies, and was #3 on the charts. He had 12 hits on the charts 1958-59, Elvis only 11, and 30 Top-40 hits 1957-62, more than any artist save Elvis and Pat Boone. In 1979, he guest-hosted “Saturday Night live”, spoofing his TV sitcom image. Many early records were double hits with both sides hitting Billboard charts, incl.: “Hello Mary Lou”, “Stood Up”, “Travelin’ Man”, “A Teenager’s Romance”, “Lonesome Town”, etc. He co-starred with Jack Lemmon in “The Wackiest Ship in the Army” (1960), and made many TV appearances thru the 80’s. He became a pioneer in country-rock music, and reached the Top 40 again in 1970, with Dylan’s "She Belongs to Me". In 1972, he hit the Top 40 a last time with “Garden Party”, #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, a certified gold single. In 1985, Nelson began a "comeback tour", became "Ricky" again, sang his old hits and released a greatest hits album. On a tour, his plane crashed on New Year's Eve, killing him. ISP, 10 x 8 b&w late 1950’s glossy bust portrait of the teen idol inscribed with sentiment and signed as “Rick Nelson” after 1961.

Condition: Very good, some minor ink skips
Type:Photograph






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