why is ricky nelson important?

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    Coming from a musical family, Ricky (later Rick) Nelson was a proficient musician. His father was a big band leader (The Nelson Orchestra), and his mother was a big band vocalist.

    He was the first artist ever to have a number one hit (Poor Little Fool, 1958) on the new Billboard Hot 100 chart.

    He was also the first artist to use television to promote hit records.

    Between 1957 and 1962, Rick Nelson had 30 top forty hits, more than any other artists apart from Elvis Presley (53) and Pat Boone (38).

    He was an early influence on West Coast performers like Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, and The Eagles. Eagles Bass player Randy Meisner was previously in Nelson's Stone Canyon Band.

    I most admire him for making a comeback hit with "Garden Party" in which he protested at the treatment given him by his fans at a Madison Square Garden concert. Probably the same fans who made this record a hit. Very brave and very clever!

  • 7 years ago

    Because he is ricky nelson...

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