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Ricky Nelson: Performances in his memory – ‘Ricky Nelson Remembered’

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Ricky Nelson was born Eric Hilliard Nelson and changed his name like so many other fellow artists, celebrities and actors. Later in life he changed his name again to Rick Nelson.

Ricky Nelson was born in 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey. He was forty-five years old when he passed away in 1985 in De Kalb, Texas. The Ricky Nelson Remembered official Facebook page on Jan. 13 posted news of performances being held in his memory throughout the entire year. On January 20 the Eric Meyer Civic Center is scheduled for their Ricky Nelson Remembered performance located at 1930 W 2nd Street in Gulf Shores, AL at 7:00 pm. Check the list of performance dates posted on the official Facebook page for one nearest you.

Nelson dreaded flying and didn’t care for bus travel either. The band that he was in took a private plane that seemed to have a history of mechanical problems. Many witnesses claim that his plane caught fire and was aflame before it crashed to the ground.

It was a sad day in music history! “Seven of the nine occupants were killed: Nelson and his companion, Helen Blair, bass guitarist Patrick Woodward, drummer Rick Intveld, keyboardist Andy Chapin, guitarist Bobby Neal, and road manager/soundman Donald Clark Russell. Pilots Ken Ferguson and Brad Rank escaped via cockpit windows, though Ferguson was severely burned.”

Some of the songs that you may remember were: “Hello Mary Lou”, “Garden Party”, “Dream Lover”, “Lonesome Town” and “Fools Rush In”.

Jackson Arts and Entertainment is also hosting a special event titled “Ricky Nelson Remembered” to be held on January 19 at the Duling Hall at 7:30 p.m. located at 622 Duling Avenue in Jackson, Miss. Cost per ticket is $25.00 and are available through Ticketmaster.

Come one and all and remember a great music talent – Ricky Nelson!

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