Eric Hilliard Nelson, 8 May 1940, Teaneck, New Jersey, USA, d. 31 December 1985, De Kalb, Texas, USA. Nelson came from a showbusiness family. His father, Ozzie Nelson, formed a popular dance band in the 1930s. The band featured singer Harriet Hilliard, who became Ozzie Nelsons wife in 1935. The couple had their own US radio show, The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet, which transferred to television in 1952. Ricky and his brother David appeared in several episodes of the show. By 1957 Nelson had embarked on his own recording career, with the million-selling, double-sided Im Walking/A Teenagers Romance. A third hit soon followed with Youre My One And Only Love. A switch from Verve Records to Imperial Records saw Nelson enjoy further success with the rockabilly Be-Bop Baby. In 1958 Nelson formed a full-time group for live work and recordings, which included James Burton (guitar), James Kirkland...
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