Ricky Nelson singing Fools Rush In 47 years ago in 1963 and James Burton the guitarist on his right later played in the Elvis Presley band.
It is hard to believe that Ricky Nelson would be 70 years old if still alive but his life ended tragically on New Year’s Eve of 1985 when the plane he was traveling in crashed in DeKalb, Texas. There were rumors that the crash was caused by Nelson freebasing cocaine but later it was attributed to mechanical problems.
His fiancee Helen Blair was also killed in the crash. She was already cocaine-addicted when Nelson met her. His first wife Kris Nelson was the sister of NCIS star Mark Harmon.
Nelson is thought of as the clean cut youth that appeared on Ozzie and Harriet but in his adult years became a drug user that would take drugs till his life ended.
Ricky singing Garden Party in 1985 which recounted in song a oldies concert in 1971 at Madison Square Garden in which Ricky sang new songs rather than the oldies the concertgoers had came to hear.
Before 1985 ended Nelson died on the last day of the year in the plane crash in which seven would die but both pilots survived.
Fame has it’s advantages but for Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley that fame brought an early death to both of them in their 40’s.