I understand that the Goldmine staff is tossing around the idea of doing a cover story on Ricky Nelson in 2008. Sure would be wonderful, as I believe the last one was nicely covered in 1986 — shortly after Ricky’s passing on New Year’s Eve, 1985.
Respectfully, I recognize that Ricky may not have been every Goldmine reader’s favorite, questionable as to his contributions, and that perhaps other artists should be considered before Ricky. And I can certainly get ahold of that. But Ricky’s catalog is quite deep with many wonderful cover tracks and self-penned songs.
There have been some nice tributes lately on Ricky; a new Love Songs CD released Jan. 15, 2008, by his youngest son, Sam Nelson; a quality Bear Family box-set covering Rick’s 1963-1969 musical output released in February 2008; and a recent KVCR-PBS special tribute that aired a few times for four-and-a-half-hour tribute in the San Bernardino-Riverside, Calif., area in December 2007. XM Satellite Radio ran a great three-hour tribute to Ricky Nelson in 2006 on the heels of a nice tribute on the Larry King show in 2005 (20-year anniversary of Ricky’s death).
I also understand that Ricky’s daughter, Tracy, is working on a movie about her dad, but details are sketchy there. And Ricky’s twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar, continue to tour by splitting their sets between their own dad’s songs and their own compositions.
I do know Ricky was valued and loved by Elvis Presley and that they were friends.
Also, some pretty big icons in the music business have referenced special recognition and appreciation of Ricky’s contributions, such as Bob Dylan, Chris Isaak, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Phillips, Roy Orbison, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Glen Campbell, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, John Fogerty, Fats Domino, Johnny Cash, James Burton, as well as others, such as The Jordanaires and The Four Preps. Forgive me for leaving out those artists that have recognized Ricky’s contributions that I cannot think of at the moment, as there were several more. But I know all of these artists were very saddened by Rick’s passing, along with this fan, as, perhaps, several of the Goldmine readers were, too. It has been 22 years now since Rick Nelson has passed on — his fan-club still thrives, now based in England, however.
Special thanks to Goldmine for the wonderful magazine they continue to work hard to produce and issue to us music fans twice a month, not to mention the additional Web-site organized computer information. Great staff of people at Goldmine, as I’ve talked to or e-mailed several over the years and they’ve always been very friendly/helpful/supportive/responsive. Thanks for considering this request.
Canoga Park, Calif.