Nelson starred alongside his family in the radio and television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In 1957, he began a long and successful career as a popular recording artist. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987. In 1996 Nelson was ranked No. 49 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. He died on October 3, 2012, at the age of 94.
About Ricky Nelson in brief
Ricky Nelson was born on May 8, 1940, in Teaneck, New Jersey. He starred alongside his family in the radio and television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In 1957, he began a long and successful career as a popular recording artist. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987. In 1996 Nelson was ranked No. 49 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. Nelson and Sharon Kristin Harmon were married on April 20, 1963, and divorced in December 1982. He had four children: Tracy Kristine, twin sons Gunnar Eric and Matthew Gray, and Sam Hilliard. Nelson was a small and insecure child who suffered from severe asthma. At night, his sleep was eased with a vaporizer emitting tincture of evergreen. He attended Bancroft Junior High, Hollywood High School, and Gardner Street Public High School between 1954 and 1958. Nelson later told the Los Angeles Weekly Weekly that he was a tennis player in his younger years. He died on September 3, 2011, in Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife Sharon and their four children, Tracy, Gunnar, Matthew, Sam, and Tracy’s brother Gunnar. The Nelson boys were first played on the radio series by professional child actors until twelve-year-old Ricky joined the show on February 20, 1949, in the episode \”Invitation to Dinner\” In 1952, he appeared in his first feature film, Here Come the Nelsons.
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. He later became one of the longest-running sitcoms in television history, with a run from 1966 to 1966. He also had a successful solo career, with 19 additional Top 10 hits and a total of 53 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, and its predecessors, between 1957 and 1973, including “Poor Little fool” in 1958, which was the first number 1 song on Billboard magazine’s then-newly created Hot 100 chart. Nelson died on October 3, 2012, at the age of 94. He leaves behind a wife, Sharon Kristine Nelson, and a daughter, Tracy Kristina Nelson, who he married in 1963. His son Gunnar and his daughter Tracy have a son, Gunner Eric, and twin sons, Matthew Gray and Sam, who were both born in 1954 and 1954, respectively. Nelson is buried in a private cemetery in Englewood, New York City. He has a daughter and a son named Tracy Kristin Nelson, also known as Ricky Nelson, a singer-songwriter and a former member of The Nelson’s band, The Nelson Boys.