Music on Mondays (4-13-15)—You poor little fool

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

One of my favorite television programs when I was in grade school was The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, on the air from 1952 to 1966.

As music became an integral part of my life with violin, piano, and voice, Ozzie & Harriet’s son, Rick, became part of my life.

Before I ever discovered Ricky Nelson, though, he already had two #1 hit singles, “Poor Little Fool” from 1958, and “Travelin’ Man” from 1961.

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The period before I discovered him in 1972 resulted in eighteen Top 10 hits! I discovered him when “Garden Party” peaked at #6 in 1972.

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In 1985, the Texas A&M football team had won the Southwest Conference Championship and was to meet Auburn University in the Cotton Bowl on January 1, 1986, in Dallas.

I had many friends living in the Dallas area, and one of them got us tickets to a New Year’s Eve concert, billed as a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with Ricky Nelson. Sadly, Nelson’s private jet crashed in De Kalb, Texas, northeast of Dallas, and about two miles short of the landing strip. The crash happened at 5:14 p.m. Dallas time; I was at a bar celebrating when the news began circulating around 9:00 p.m. that Ricky Nelson was dead. There was no extravaganza that night.

Up until 1993 I still had the obviously unused ticket to the concert but I think it got left behind in Texas when I came to San Diego. It probably got thrown away. Too bad because it would probably be worth quite a bit of money!

Of course, I have to mention that Texas A&M won the Cotton Bowl Classic on January 1, 1986, beating an Auburn team that featured Heisman Trophy-winning running back Bo Jackson. Final score was 36-16.

Fightin' Texas Aggie Band from Texas A&M University

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12 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (4-13-15)—You poor little fool

  1. Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat

    I was a HUGE Ricky Nelson fan when I was much younger. I guess I had a bit of a crush on him. By the time I went to college, the crush was over but I still loved his music so I was thrilled when he came to the college to perform and I was able to see him in person. That must have been around 1972 or 1973.

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  2. stregajewellry

    Russel, thanks so much for this pleasant trip down memory lane. I think Ricky Nelson was one of my first crushes. I remember a lot of girlish giggles about him………..the all American boy next door. I think Poor Little Fool was the first time I ever realized that boys could get their hearts broken just like girls. Thanks for the memories.

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  3. Anny

    In 1971 we were lucky enough to be invited to his band’s hotel room after the concert in Indianapolis. I was hugely pregnant at the time and Ricky was so sweet to me, telling me all about his twins and showing me pictures. I’ll never forget him, nor his wonderful music.



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