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Article: The Music In Me: Rick and Ricky


Gilbert Klein
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Gilbert, I've enjoyed reading your articles and getting to know your background a little through your writings. Although I have heard of Ricky, I couldn't tell you the difference between any of the Teen Idol pioneers of the day. Just to early of an era for me. I went to Tidal and started to stream the remastered Greatest Hits 2005. It's nice to have some background information on what I'm listening to and learning while I'm listening.

 

As many CA members have stated before, keep em coming. :)

 

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Gilbert-

Enjoyed that a lot. I'm just old enough to remember the show and Rick.

Thanks to your article, I went back and watched some YouTube of Rick and listened to some songs.

He really was quite a good singer for that genre. Too bad he couldn't have had more success later in life.

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Oh yes! Rick Nelson has made and will continue to make a huge influence on my music making and listening choices. I still own the 45 RPM of Garden Party that I bought while in Junior High School. After getting old enough to drive across town to used record shops, I bought up all the Rick and Ricky Nelson albums I could find. I was a crazy kid, as I liked both the older and newer stuff he did. Your article is spot on about him caring about the music he made. He always had a great band and many of the members went on to make contributions to other bands. One of my favorite "Easter Egg" finds of his bandmembers popping up other places is in the band New Riders of the Purple Sage. He joined them providing bass and vocals and appeared on the "Who Are These Guys" album and then "Marin County Line" which he wrote and sang the entire first side of that LP. Marin County Line has to be one of NRPS' most underrated albums of all time. Do yourself a favor and look for it, buy it, stream it, whatever, but I think you'll dig it.

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Thank you Gilbert. Your article was very educational as well as entertaining. I became a fan of Ricky Nelson (he will always be Ricky to me) around 1962 Couldn't wait till the end of the show to hear Ricky's song.... The voice and style was his and his alone. Unmistakable. He was rockabilly from day one. Nothing like that voice - so smooth yet filled with emotion... coupled with the raging rocking sound of James Burton's telecaster...Those 2 (IMO) never received the credit they are (were) due. Hello Mary-Lou goodbye heart....Pretty Polynesian baby over the sea I remember the night...For rock n roll fans that have never listened to his music - you are missing something special

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My full post should have read...

Oh yes! Rick Nelson has made and will continue to make a huge influence on my music making and listening choices. I still own the 45 RPM of Garden Party that I bought while in Junior High School. After getting old enough to drive across town to used record shops, I bought up all the Rick and Ricky Nelson albums I could find. I was a crazy kid, as I liked both the older and newer stuff he did. Your article is spot on about him caring about the music he made. He always had a great band and many of the members went on to make contributions to other bands. One of my favorite "Easter Egg" finds of his band members popping up other places is in the band New Riders of the Purple Sage. Stephen Love, formerly of Rick’s band, joined them providing bass and vocals and appeared on the "Who Are These Guys" album and then "Marin County Line" which he wrote and sang the entire first side of that LP. Marin County Line has to be one of NRPS' most underrated albums of all time. Do yourself a favor and look for it, buy it, stream it, whatever, but I think you'll dig it.

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Thanks for the article Gilbert, really enjoyed the insight and the memories. I grew up watching The Nelsons and hoping that "this" episode would end with a performance by Ricky as it did every few like you said.

I wouldn't worry about "I wonder if anyone remembers him anymore". I do a mix of music we play poolside every day here at a 55+ resort in Central FL. As the many albums play in song shuffle mode, many folks when they hear some song they almost remember will ask "Sal, who is that"? But I've never had anyone ask me "who is that" when a Ricky tune comes on, everyone of our age recognizes Ricky Nelson immediately when they hear him, humming or singing along to the swing...

YES, great rockabilly is what it is, and damn proud of it. ;)

RIP Rick, you are still missed by all.

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Thanks for the article Gilbert, really enjoyed the insight and the memories. I grew up watching The Nelsons and hoping that "this" episode would end with a performance by Ricky as it did every few like you said.

I wouldn't worry about "I wonder if anyone remembers him anymore". I do a mix of music we play poolside every day here at a 55+ resort in Central FL. As the many albums play in song shuffle mode, many folks when they hear some song they almost remember will ask "Sal, who is that"? But I've never had anyone ask me "who is that" when a Ricky tune comes on, everyone of our age recognizes Ricky Nelson immediately when they hear him, humming or singing along to the swing...

YES, great rockabilly is what it is, and damn proud of it. ;)

RIP Rick, you are still missed by all.

 

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