Monday, 8 May 2017

Ricky Nelson

Eric Hilliard "Ricky/Rick" Nelson
May 8th 1940 – December 31st 1985

Ricky, or Rick as he preferred to be known, was anAmerican actor, musician
and singer-songwriter. He starred alongside his family in the television series
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as well as co-starring alongside John Wayne
and Dean Martin in Howard Hawks's western feature film Rio Bravo.

He placed 53 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1957 and 1973 including "Poor Little Fool", which holds the distinction of being the first #1 song on Billboard magazine's then-newly created Hot 100 chart.

He recorded 19 additional Top 10 hits and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987.

I want to focus for a moment on his role of Colorado Ryan in Rio Bravo.
In the latter part of the film, he sings a duet with Dean Martin and then a song called 'Cindy'

"Cindy hugged and kissed me
She wrung her hands and cried
Swore I was the prettiest thing
That ever lived or died

Well she was right there, he was a beauty.
There's just something about his lips ...

Today would have been his 77th birthday, so happy birthday Rick!

It would also have been my granddad's 86th birthday!
Happy birthday granddad!

And it's the anniversary of VE Day!


  1. I love old film star publicity shots, the lighting is so wonderful. Such depth.

    1. You just don't see these posed shots these days, it's sad.

  2. What a handsome granddad! Rick certainly was good looking.

    1. Must have been a good day for good looking men!

  3. He really was quite handsome, and so was your granddad! xxx

  4. Look at your stylish granddad! What a great photo.

    Ricky? He was okay, but man, were those hit songs of his ever annoying! *Punches head trying to dislodge the ear-worm that is Garden Party*

    1. Fab isn't it! That's my nan on the right and my great aunt on the left.

      You've got to give Ricky that though, exceptionally good at ear worms! xxx


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