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April 10, 1993 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
That terrible night when Ricky died, Lola Wuttke buried her face in her pillow and cried her eyes out. No matter that she was a 47-year-old woman with a husband and family, she wept like a teen-ager--the way she did the first time she heard the singer's twangy ballads. Because this was Ricky Nelson. Crooner. Guitar plucker. Golden boy. Heart swooner. Snap. Just like that, he was dead at age 45 after a fiery plane crash in Texas while en route to a New Year's Eve performance in 1985.
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September 11, 2013 | By Devin Kelly, Los Angeles Times
Don Nelson, a screenwriter, film producer and musician who co-wrote scripts for "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" - the classic American television series centered on his brother Ozzie's family - as well as for more than two dozen other films and TV series, has died. He was 86. Nelson, who had Parkinson's disease, died of an aortic aneurysm Tuesday at his home in Studio City, said his wife, Marilyn. As a staff writer for "Ozzie and Harriet," one of the longest-running family comedies in TV history, Nelson came up with Ricky Nelson's trademark catchphrase "I don't mess around, boy," and contributed to more than 200 episodes of the series with storylines anchored famously on the harmless.
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June 6, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Forgive Gunnar Nelson if his vision of his future sounds like the premise for a family sitcom. After all, he and his twin brother Matthew are the grandsons of family sitcom pioneers Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. "My goal is to have a house with two wings for our two separate families," he said, looking at his identical brother. "Casa de Nelson!"
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December 27, 2005 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Ricky Nelson sold millions of records in the 1950s and '60s, and was at one point second only to Elvis Presley as a commercial force in pop music. He was never, however, the cultural firebrand that Presley was, nor other seminal rockers such as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis or Little Richard -- a good reason his name wasn't called along with theirs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's first batch of inductees.
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September 11, 2013 | By Devin Kelly, Los Angeles Times
Don Nelson, a screenwriter, film producer and musician who co-wrote scripts for "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" - the classic American television series centered on his brother Ozzie's family - as well as for more than two dozen other films and TV series, has died. He was 86. Nelson, who had Parkinson's disease, died of an aortic aneurysm Tuesday at his home in Studio City, said his wife, Marilyn. As a staff writer for "Ozzie and Harriet," one of the longest-running family comedies in TV history, Nelson came up with Ricky Nelson's trademark catchphrase "I don't mess around, boy," and contributed to more than 200 episodes of the series with storylines anchored famously on the harmless.
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August 28, 1999
"Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol," based on an "unauthorized biography," is a distorted exploitation of a family I love very much: Ricky Nelson, his brother and his mother and father ("Unbalanced Portrait of 'Teen Idol' Rick Nelson in VH1's Biopic," by Steve Hochman, Aug. 21). The Nelsons remain the most decent human beings I have ever known. Those of us who had the good fortune to have worked with them, as I did for five years on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," and to have known them personally know the truth.
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February 9, 1986 | Bill Steigerwald
It wasn't planned that way, but less than a month after Ricky Nelson's death ABC reran a "Moonlighting" episode that contained a joke about the rocker. The episode, first shown in October, originally was set to be rerun Jan. 7 but ABC pulled it when Nelson died Dec. 31. There were no plans to reschedule it, but on Jan. 28, the day the shuttle blew up, President Reagan canceled his State of the Union address at the last minute.
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January 19, 1986
Having waded through two issues of Calendar since the death of Ricky Nelson, we are both shocked and disappointed that no print at all was devoted to his career. Surely his contribution to music surpasses many of the personnel mentioned in your pages. Both the local public radio stations (KCRW, KCSN) have had the sense to recognize that a giant of the industry has passed on. What is the purpose of the Calendar section anyway? Can't you people strive to be more than a Bruce Springsteen fan magazine?
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August 5, 2000
What teen pop star does Robert Hilburn compare Britney Spears to in the "staying power" department? David Cassidy? Ricky Nelson? Oh, I know! Leif! ("Britney in Concert: A Night Out With the Girls," July 31.) Frankly, I have never heard her sing a note, but if someone has the power and energy to make thousands of young enthusiasts happy and excited for a night, what difference does it make? Either way, it appears the young Ms. Spears bears the label of pop phenomenon, one that Hilburn will undoubtedly never have the pleasure of claiming.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2005 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
Twenty years to the week after his death, Ricky Nelson is rocking again. Starting today music giant EMI Group is launching a fresh collection of Nelson's greatest hits, part of a larger effort to sell a new generation of music fans on artists popular with their parents -- maybe even their grandparents.
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January 27, 2001 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, the twin sons of '50s TV and rock heartthrob Rick Nelson, played a show recently that carried an overwhelming sense of deja vu, once removed. They'd been invited to headline a songwriters' showcase for a group of TV music directors, yet they were treated rudely by the evening's other performers because of their history as teen heartthrobs in their early-'90s pop-metal band, Nelson.
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November 24, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It seems impossible to believe, 45 years later, that Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and other early rockers were viewed by adults as hellions unleashed by Satan to corrupt America's youth. Yet it was a pivotal moment in the evolution of rock 'n' roll when Ed Sullivan, the nation's arbiter of culture for the masses, pronounced Presley "a real decent, fine boy" to his millions of viewers in 1956 after one of Presley's appearances.
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August 5, 2000
What teen pop star does Robert Hilburn compare Britney Spears to in the "staying power" department? David Cassidy? Ricky Nelson? Oh, I know! Leif! ("Britney in Concert: A Night Out With the Girls," July 31.) Frankly, I have never heard her sing a note, but if someone has the power and energy to make thousands of young enthusiasts happy and excited for a night, what difference does it make? Either way, it appears the young Ms. Spears bears the label of pop phenomenon, one that Hilburn will undoubtedly never have the pleasure of claiming.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 1999
"Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol," based on an "unauthorized biography," is a distorted exploitation of a family I love very much: Ricky Nelson, his brother and his mother and father ("Unbalanced Portrait of 'Teen Idol' Rick Nelson in VH1's Biopic," by Steve Hochman, Aug. 21). The Nelsons remain the most decent human beings I have ever known. Those of us who had the good fortune to have worked with them, as I did for five years on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," and to have known them personally know the truth.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2005 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Ricky Nelson sold millions of records in the 1950s and '60s, and was at one point second only to Elvis Presley as a commercial force in pop music. He was never, however, the cultural firebrand that Presley was, nor other seminal rockers such as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis or Little Richard -- a good reason his name wasn't called along with theirs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's first batch of inductees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1993 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
That terrible night when Ricky died, Lola Wuttke buried her face in her pillow and cried her eyes out. No matter that she was a 47-year-old woman with a husband and family, she wept like a teen-ager--the way she did the first time she heard the singer's twangy ballads. Because this was Ricky Nelson. Crooner. Guitar plucker. Golden boy. Heart swooner. Snap. Just like that, he was dead at age 45 after a fiery plane crash in Texas while en route to a New Year's Eve performance in 1985.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Forgive Gunnar Nelson if his vision of his future sounds like the premise for a family sitcom. After all, he and his twin brother Matthew are the grandsons of family sitcom pioneers Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. "My goal is to have a house with two wings for our two separate families," he said, looking at his identical brother. "Casa de Nelson!"
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