Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Nelson is the only artist to have a No. 1 song, No. 1 movie and No. 1 TV show all in the same week. Life Magazine coined the phrase ‘Teen Idol’ after him, and he is credited with pioneering the country rock sound. Nelson’s life and music touched millions. His twin sons, multi-platinum recording artists Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, relive their dad’s music and memories in their multi-media musical tribute event titled “Ricky Nelson Remembered.”
Ricky Nelson Remembered” will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 30, in the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center in Longview, Texas. Tickets are $36 to $18, plus applicable fees and can be purchased at www.BelcherCenter.com or at the Belcher Center Box Office at (903) 233-3080.
Featuring hit songs like “Hello Mary Lou,” “Poor Little Fool,” “Travelin’ Man,” “I’m Walkin’,” “I Gotta Feeling,” “Teenage Idol,” “Garden Party” and many more, the event showcases Ricky Nelson’s life with never-before-seen interviews from artists he influenced, including Paul McCartney and Chris Isaak.
Ricky Nelson died in a plane crash on his way to perform a New Year’s Eve concert in 1986. His legacy includes 53 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and 19 other top-ten hits. One of the biggest-selling artists of all time, Nelson was a Golden Globe winner for his performance alongside John Wayne in Rio Bravo and was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
From Ozzie and Harriet to Ricky to Matthew and Gunnar, the Nelson’s are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only family in history with three successive generations of No. 1 hit makers. Matthew and Gunnar are also nephews of NCIS star, Mark Harmon, on their mother’s side.