This Day In History: Rick Nelson Dies

On Dec. 31, 1985, actor, singer, songwriter and musician Rick Nelson, along with his fiancΓ©e Helen Blair, four members of his band and Nelson’s manager, were killed when the fourteen-seat, DC-3 private plane they were traveling in crash-landed near DeKalb, Texas.

From 1952 to 1966, Nelson appeared on his parents’ television show, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. It was while he was on the series that he began singing, which eventually propelled his career into Rock and Roll stardom.

Here’s one of my favorite Ricky Nelson songs. πŸ˜€ ❀

Born On This Day: Rick Nelson

Born on this day in 1940: Actor, singer, songwriter and musician Rick ‘Ricky’ Nelson, best known for appearing as himself in his parents’ long-running television sitcom, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

Nelson is also known for such classic songs, like “Hello Mary Lou,” “Travelin’ Man” and “Garden Party,” and also starred in the 1959 film Rio Bravo with John Wayne and Dean Martin.

On Dec. 31, 1985, Nelson, his fiancee Helen Blair and five of Nelson’s band members were killed when their plane crashed in DeKalb, Texas. Nelson was 45.

30 Years Ago Today: Rick ‘Ricky’ Nelson Dies

On this day in music history: On Dec. 31, 1985, the breaking news all over the radio and all over television screens was that actor, singer, musician and former teen idol Rick ‘Ricky’ Nelson had been killed in a plane crash in DeKalb, Texas, alongside his fiancee Helen Blair and members from Nelson’s band.

Having watched reruns of “The Ozzie & Harriet Show,” I couldn’t help but have a crush on the young man on my TV screen, although in reality, he was already old enough to be my father! I’m sad I never got the opportunity to see him perform live in concert or that I never got to meet him. Nelson seemed like he was a genuine and shy man, who loved his craft.

Rick Nelson’s music will continue to live on forever so that many more generations can enjoy his Rockabilly-Pop-Rock sound. 🎭 πŸ“Ί πŸŽ₯ 🎡

 

This Day in History: Remembering Rick (Ricky) Nelson

 

 

Remembering singer-songwriter, musician and actor Rick ‘Ricky’ Nelson, who died 29 years ago today in DeKalb, TX…along with his fiancΓ© and band members from his Stone Canyon band.

The group was traveling to Dallas to perform at a New Year’s Eve concert when the plane they traveled in crashed. The cause of the crash was determined to be mechanical problems.

Here’s one of my favorite songs by Rick Nelson.

Serenade Saturday: The Christmas Song by Rick Nelson

In lieu of the Christmas holiday, I present the classic 1956 song “The Christmas Song,” which was originally sung by Nat King Cole and then remade in 1964 by actor/musician/singer-songwriter Rick Nelson for ‘The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.’

By the way, the blond toddler in the video is Nelson’s one-year-old daughter, actress Tracy Nelson, who is being held by her mother, Kris Harmon.

Actor Chris Meloni Purchases Former Ozzie & Harriet Home

 

I thought this was some interesting real estate news since I’m a fan of Hollywood history.

Actor Chris Meloni, best known for his television role on Law & Order: SVU, and his wife, production designer Sherman Williams, just purchased the former Ozzie & Harriet Nelson home in Hollywood for $5.25 million.

The home boasts a little bit of rock and roll history too since it is where the Nelson’s youngest son, Rick (“Ricky”), grew up…along with his older brother, David.