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Rick Nelson


  • 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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