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Eric Hilliard “Ricky” Nelson, later known as Rick Nelson (May 8, 1940 –December 31, 1985), was an American singer, musician, and Golden Globe-nominated actor. With more than 50 Hot 100 hits, Nelson was second only to Elvis Presley as the most popular rock and roll artist of the 1950s and 1960s.

Eric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985) – known as Ricky Nelson, later also as Rick Nelson – was an American actor, musician and singer-songwriter. He starred alongside his family in the television series, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–66), as well as co-starring alongside John Wayne and Dean Martin in Howard Hawks's western feature film, Rio Bravo (1959). He placed 53 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1957 and 1973 including "Poor Little Fool" which holds the distinction of being the first #1 song on Billboard magazine's then-newly created Hot 100 chart. He recorded 19 additional Top 10 hits and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987. In 1996, he was ranked #49 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

Nelson began his entertainment career in 1949 playing himself in the radio sitcom series, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In 1952, he appeared in his first feature film, Here Come the Nelsons. In 1957, he recorded his first single, debuted as a singer on the television version of the sitcom, and released the #1 album entitled Ricky. In 1958, Nelson released his first #1 single, "Poor Little Fool", and in 1959 received a Golden Globe nomination for "Most Promising Male Newcomer" after starring in Rio Bravo. A few films followed, and when the television series was cancelled in 1966, Nelson made occasional appearances as a guest star on various television programs.

Nelson and Sharon Kristin Harmon were married on April 20, 1963, and divorced in December 1982. They had four children: Tracy Kristine, twin sons Gunnar Eric and Matthew Gray, and Sam Hilliard. On February 14, 1981, a son (Eric Crewe) was born to Nelson and Georgeann Crewe. A blood test in 1985 confirmed that Nelson was the child's father. Nelson was engaged to Helen Blair when both were killed in an airplane crash on December 31, 1985.

Rick Nelson was his brother David's best man when David married June Blair in May 1961.
Rick was ranked #2 by TV Guide in the top 25 greatest teen idols.
"Rolling Stone Magazine" ranked Rick as the 91st "greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll artists" of all time.
The plane Rick was traveling in upon his death caught fire when an on-board heater short-circuiting and catching fire.
After Rick embarrassing appearance in wrong clothing to a performance, Rick came up with his hit “Garden Party”
At a Rock Revival concert all the performers were supposed to dress in the era clothes. Rick showed up to perform in his casual clothes. He was booed due to this.
Rick appeared at “The Rock Revival” at Madison Square Garden which took place in 1971.
Rick was a teen idol in the 1950’s and 60’s. He made several hit records such as “Garden Party”, “Fools Rush in” and “For You”.
Rick was inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" in 1987.
Rick brother-in-law is Mark Harmon.
Rick is laid to rest at “Forest Lawn” in Hollywood Hills, California.
At the time of his death, Rick was engaged to Helen Blair. She also died in the plane crash that took Rick’s life.
Rick had a brother by the name of David Nelson who is an actor and director
Rick married Kristin Harmon on April 20 1963 and they divorced in 1981. They had 4 children together.
Rick was born Eric Hilliard Nelson but took the name of Ricky as a young boy. It was derived from Eric.
One of Rick most memorable appearances was playing “Rick Nelson” on the “Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” in 1952.
Buzzy Pringle was the character Rick played in “Love and Kisses” in 1965.
Rick did a voice over in 1970 in the movie “The Resurrection of Broncho Billy”.
In 1981 Rick played the part of “Skeeter” in the TV movie “A Tale of Two Wishes”.
Rick appeared with Fats Domino at Universal Amphitheatre in a live concert in 1985.
Rick had two other names of which he performed under they were Eric ‘Ricky’ Nelson and Ricky Nelson
Rick passed away on December 31, 1985 in a plane crash.
Rick was born on May 8, 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey
Rick was engaged to Helen Blair at the time of his death. She was with him and his band on the plane that crashed, killing everyone aboard. edit »
Rick's parents were Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard of the popular show, which also co-starred Ricky and his brother, David, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.

 

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