Ricky Nelson Similar Artists

Bobby Vee - 100% match to Ricky Nelson

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Thomas Velline, 30 April 1943, Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Vee’s first exposure to the rock ‘n’ roll scene occurred in macabre circumstances when his group, the Shadows, deputized for Buddy Holly after the singer was killed in an air crash in February 1959. Soon after, Vee’s group were discovered by famed producer Snuff Garrett and saw their indepen Read more

Johnny Tillotson - 74% match to Ricky Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 April 1939, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Tillotson’s father was a country music disc jockey and Johnny himself was appearing on local radio from the age of nine. His parents encouraged his talent by giving him first a ukulele and then a guitar, and he was influenced by the singing cowboys (Gene Autry, Roy Rogers) and country singer Hank Williams. He appeared regularly Read more

Johnny Burnette - 72% match to Ricky Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 March 1934, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 1 August 1964, Clear Lake, California, USA. Having attended the same high school as Elvis Presley, Johnny moved into the rockabilly genre by forming a trio with his brother Dorsey Burnette on string bass and schoolfriend Paul Burlison (b. 4 February 1929, Brownsville, Tennessee, USA, d. 27 September 2003, Horn Lake, Mississippi, US Read more

Gene Vincent - 69% match to Ricky Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Vincent Eugene Craddock, 11 February 1935, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, d. 12 October 1971, Newhall, California, USA. One of the original bad boys of rock ‘n’ roll, the self-destructive Vincent was involved in a motorcycle crash in July 1955 and his left leg was permanently damaged. Discharged from the US Navy, he began appearing on country music radio and came under th Read more

Neil Sedaka - 69% match to Ricky Nelson

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 March 1939, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Pianist Sedaka began his songwriting career with lyricist Howard Greenfield in the early 50s. During this high school period, Sedaka dated Carol Klein (later known as Carole King). For a brief period, Sedaka joined the Tokens, then won a scholarship to New York’s Juilliard School of Music. In 1958, the pianist joine Read more

Billy Fury - 62% match to Ricky Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ronald Wycherley, 17 April 1940, Dingle, Liverpool, England, d. 28 January 1983, London, England. An impromptu audition in a Birkenhead dressing room resulted in Wycherley joining Larry Parnes’ management stable. The entrepreneur provided the suitably enigmatic stage name, and added the aspirant to the bill of a current package tour. Fury enjoyed a UK Top 20 hit with hi Read more

Bobby Rydell - 62% match to Ricky Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Ridarelli, 26 April 1942, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Probably the most musically talented of the late 50s Philadelphia school of clean-cut teen-idols, Rydell first performed in public as a drummer at the age of seven. At nine he debuted on Paul Whiteman’s Teen Club amateur television show and was the show’s regular drummer for three years. He attended Read more

The Crests - 59% match to Ricky Nelson

Genres: Doo Wop
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in New York City, USA, in 1956, the Crests soon became one of the most successful of the ‘integrated’ doo-wop groups of the period, after being discovered by Al Browne. Headed by the lead tenor of Johnny Mastro (Johnny Mastrangelo, 7 May 1930, USA), the rest of the band comprised Harold Torres, Talmadge Gough, J.T. Carter and Patricia Van Dross. By 1957 they Read more

Jack Scott - 55% match to Ricky Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jnr., 24 January 1936, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. This distinctive, deep-voiced rock ‘n’ roll and ballad singer-songwriter moved to Detroit at the age of 10, and began performing regularly with his sister Linda on the WEXL radio station. After changing his name to Jack Scott, he formed the C&W outfit Southern Drifters in 1954. Playing a Read more

Frankie Avalon - 54% match to Ricky Nelson

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Francis Avallone, 18 September 1940, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. This photogenic 50s teen idol started as a trumpet-playing child prodigy. His first recordings in 1954 were the instrumentals ‘Trumpet Sorrento’ and ‘Trumpet Tarantella’ on X-Vik Records (an RCA Records subsidiary). In the mid-50s, he appeared on many television and radio shows includin Read more

Eddie Cochran - 53% match to Ricky Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Raymond Cochrane, 3 October 1938, Albert Lea, Minnesota, USA, d. 17 April 1960, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England. Recent information states he was raised in Minnisota, but without sight of the birth certificate, it is still possible he was born in Oklahoma City. Although Cochran’s career was brief, during which time he had only had one major hit in the USA and topp Read more

The Everly Brothers - 51% match to Ricky Nelson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Don (Isaac Donald Everly, 1 February 1937, Brownie, Kentucky, USA) and Phil (b. Phillip Everly, 19 January 1939, Chicago, Illinois, USA), the world’s most famous rock ‘n’ roll duo, had already experienced a full career before their first record, ‘Bye Bye Love’, was released. As sons of popular country artists Ike and Margaret, they were pushed into t Read more

Dion - 49% match to Ricky Nelson

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel Doo Wop Easy Listening Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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During his peak, from 1958-63, Dion (Dion Francis DiMucci, 18 July 1939, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA) was the quintessential Italian-American New York City rocker and was, perhaps, the first major white rock singer who was not from a southern city. The career of one of America’s legendary artists has spanned six decades, during which time he has made numerou Read more

Jimmy Clanton - 49% match to Ricky Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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2 September 1940, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Pop vocalist Clanton celebrated his 18th birthday with his co-written debut hit, the R&B ballad ‘Just A Dream’, at number 4 in the US Hot 100. His smooth singing style appealed to the teen market and his subsequent releases were aimed in that direction. These included ‘My Own True Love’, which used the me Read more

Ray Peterson - 49% match to Ricky Nelson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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23 April 1939, Denton, Texas, USA, d. 25 January 2005, Smyrna, Tennessee, USA. Peterson entertained other patients with his singing during lengthy treatment for polio in the Texas Warm Springs Foundation Hospital. On discharge, he performed in local clubs before moving to Los Angeles where he was spotted by manager Stan Shulman who procured an RCA - Victor Records recording Read more


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