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Famous Musicians & Their Musical Kids: Ricky Nelson and Sons, Part 1

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Okay, it’s time to kick this week off with some mewsic with “your choice” theme.  Over the next several months, I have a special theme project in the works Famous Musicians & Their Musical Kids series planned. Now, I invite you to hit the dance floor with XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me with Ricky Nelson and Sons, Part 1!



The first famous dad in this sequence of posts is the 50s teen idol, Ricky Nelson.

 

Time plays tricks on my brain. I remember talk of Nelson’s death and reference to his teenie-bopper status. For some reason my mind merged these facts leaving me to believe he passed away before adulthood. Anywho, you can imagine my surprise when I learned he died in a plan crash in 1985 at the age of 45. He wasn’t a teen and survived by four kids; Tracy Nelson (actress), twins Matthew and Gunnar (singers/mewsicians Nelson band) and Sam (singer H is Orange band).

No doubt, you recognize Ricky’s daughter from various TV shows and here is a short playlist spotlighting the Nelson brothers singing my favorite Ricy Nelson songs – Travelin’ Man, Hello Mary Lou, and Garden Party.

 

Matthew and Gunnar have recorded several albums since the 90s. I think their first album After The Rain may be their best. I, especially like the album cover song.

 

Although, Rick went through a long hair phase, his twins out did their dad. Their blonde mops make me think of Twisted Sister leader singer, Dee Snider.  Vocally and visiually, it’s like I’m getting a double take of Ricky Nelson hair metal style. Matthew and Gunnar harmonize beautifully together.

Sam looks like Ricky, too. His mewsic style is different. It’s moody and broody feeling and reminds me of the group, Breaking Benjamin. Here’s a song compliation from THRILL OF EXCAPE and DON’T TRUST THE EASY albums available for purchase on H is Orange Facebook Page  Music Store .

 

 

 

Did you know that Ricky’s dad, Ozzie, was the bandleader and his mother, Harriet was a singer in the 30s?

 

 

 

What do you think of the Nelson brothers? Would you add their mewsic to your library? Do you have a favorite Ricky Nelson song?

 

 

Enjoy those lazy, crazy days of summer!

 

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