Ricky Nelson: Greatest Hits
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This is the ultimate single disc collection that includes Ricky's three #1 single's 'Travelin' Man', 'Poor Little Man' and 'Garden Party'. Ricky was America's first teen idol and was the star of the Ozzie & Harriet show. Capitol. 2005.
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I've always had a pet peeve about greatest hits collections that were not compiled chronologically, and this CD is yet another of those. I've talked to many others who feel the same (also reflected in many Amazon reviews). However, I've solved that problem with my purchase of a laptop with a CD burner, and can make my own listening copies - I can now copy songs in any desired order, which is great because many greatest hits packages are thrown together in seemingly random order.
Another advantage of this, which I did not foresee, is the amount of information I've learned about many of the musical artists online while researching the chronology of their music. Wikipedia is often a great resource for this, and most famous musicians / musical groups have their own website - you can find just about anything on the Internet if you look hard enough.
Checking Rick Nelson's website (the discography section), I discovered that if a song didn't make the top 25 (of whatever chart they quoted, probably Billboard), it's not on this greatest hits package. Almost everything that DID make the top 25 is here (though 4 of the 5 omissions are top 10 songs). Also, I'd never liked the song "Garden Party," but after reading about what inspired it, I have much more appreciation for it, all due to surfing the Internet to find song order.
In case you want to make your own "chronological" listening copy, or set the playing order on your CD player to hear these songs in the order they were originally released as singles, I've listed them below, in the order they were released as singles, along with Ricky's five top 25 songs that were not included here (some, or likely all, of which could have been, since this collection is only 59 minutes long). A-sides are listed first, as both sides of many of the singles charted - I listed the date only once when both sides of the same single charted.
4/57 (#2) - A Teenager's Romance (NOT INCLUDED ON THIS COLLECTION - instrumental?)
/ (#4) - I'm Walkin'
8/57 (#4) - You're My One and Only (NOT INCLUDED ON THIS COLLECTION)
9/57 (#3) - Be-Bop Baby
11/57 (#2) - Stood Up
/ (#18) - Waitin' in School
3/58 (#4) - Believe What You Say
/ (#12) - My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
6/58 (#1) - Poor Little Fool
9/58 (#7) - Lonesome Town
/ (#10) - I Got a Feeling
2/59 (#6) - Never Be Anyone Else But You
/ (#9) - It's Late
6/59 (#9) - Just a Little Too Much
/ (#9) - Sweeter Than You
11/59 (#20) - I Wanna Be Loved
4/60 (#12) - Young Emotions
11/60 (#25) - You Are the Only One
4/61 (#1) - Travelin' Man
/ (#9) - Hello Mary Lou
9/61 (#11) - A Wonder Like You
/ (#16) - Everlovin'
2/62 (#5) - Young World
7/62 (#5) - Teenage Idol
11/62 (#6) - It's Up to You
4/63 (#4) - Old Enough to Love (NOT INCLUDED ON THIS COLLECTION)
5/63 (#25) - String Along (NOT INCLUDED ON THIS COLLECTION)
9/63 (#12) - Fools Rush In
12/63 (#6) - For You (NOT INCLUDED ON THIS COLLECTION)
6/72 (#6) - Garden Party
This music will be enjoyed for many more years. I even recently heard "Garden Party" on some restaurant's TV commercials - Applebee's maybe?
You will find yourself singing a lot of his hits, and when you think of it, Ricky had a ton of them.
In addition, you know that Ricky was the first one to be called a "Teen Idol", and was real good friends with Elvis and other "Rockabilly" artists of the day. I would have loved to have met Rick, as we lost him way too soon in that tragic plane crash.
Ricky, may you rest in peace, as your music is still played by a lot of baby boomers like me. You will always hold a special place in many peoples hearts!