RICK NELSON REMEMBERED BIRTHDAY RADIO SPECIAL with Gunnar Nelson
This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally broadcast Thursday, May 8, 2014.
Welcome to a special edition of The Lakeshore’s “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” radio program. On this week’s show, Tom Lounges pays tribute to a rock n’ roll pioneer many American Baby Boomers literally grew up and came of age with; first on television while watching “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriett” and later on the AM radio dial where he racked up numerous hit singles during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
That pioneering force in music is RICKY NELSON…or RICK NELSON as he later preferred to be called. Rick was born on May 8, 1940 into America’s royal family of show biz – the youngest son of Ozzie and Harriett Nelson — former radio stars of the Big Band-era whose star power successfully carried over to television.
Rick Nelson would have turned 74 on the day this radio program first broadcast had he not perished at age 45 on New Year’s Eve 1985 in a tragic plane crash caused by a faulty heater while on tour.
Performing is what Rick Nelson was born to do and this program spotlights songs from various eras of his amazing career — some hits, some not – but all very much classic Rick Nelson.
Sharing personal insight between songs during interview segments with Tom Lounges is Rick’s son, GUNNAR NELSON. This third generation Nelson family entertainer co-leads the NELSON rock band (“Love & Affection,” etc.) with his twin brother Matthew and when not performing global concerts of their own original music, often tour America with their stellar “Ricky Nelson Remembered!” multi-media tribute show.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICKY NELSON!