Saturday, March 9, 2013

Travelin' Man

What began as a way to impress girls – singing and playing guitar – became a way of life for a 1950’s teenage idol. He became one of the top selling artists in pop music history. His father Ozzie was a well-known big band leader, and later a radio and television star. His mother Harriet was a singer with Ozzie’s band, and starred as Ozzie’s wife on the popular radio and then television show ‘The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet’. While Rick Nelson had advantages that most people don’t enjoy, he quickly emerged from the shadows of his parents to become a star in his own right.

This piece is a chapter in the new book The Toughest Hundred Dollars & Other Rock & Roll Stories by Larry Manch. The book is available for purchase in e-book form at the Kindle Store on

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