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Generations of Nelsons in Dahlgren
Remember Nelson? They're back, and they're bringing their father's music with them.
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BY JESSE SCOTT
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Nearly 27 years after his death, and more than 60 years since he made his first television appearance on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," Ricky Nelson's music remains ingrained in the hearts of a generation.
And who better to carry Nelson's rockabilly classics on to the next generation than his two sons, Matthew and Gunnar?
"Ricky Nelson Remembered," starring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, a musical and audiovisual experience dedicated to Ricky Nelson's timeless songs, hits Naval Support Facility Dahlgren on the Fourth of July. Admission is free and open to the public.
"It's been so long since Dad has been gone, but so many people miss honest, good-hearted music these days," said Matthew Nelson in a phone interview from Los Angeles. "We couldn't think of a better place to share our music on the Fourth of July and show our support for the United States."
The concert will feature the twin blond duo, a couple of guitars and a unique video reel of some of their father's finest moments. The video features snippets from all aspects of Ricky Nelson's colorful, multifaceted career.
Ricky Nelson became a household name, alongside his parents, Ozzie and Harriet, in the early 1950s. "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" was televised for nearly 14 years--still one of the longest-running sitcoms in TV history.
The black-and-white show eventually spawned a rock 'n' roll career for young Ricky that compares favorably to those of Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins. Over the course of his tragically short life, Ricky Nelson became a generational heartthrob and recorded classics such as "Travelin' Man" and "Garden Party."
In 1987, nearly two years after Ricky Nelson was killed in an airplane crash, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"My dad and grandparents really deserve a ton of credit for blazing a trail," said Matthew Nelson. "We really are one of the most dynamic families in the history of rock 'n' roll the only family in history to have three generations of No. 1 hits. Now I've got to work on that fourth generation!"
What: "Ricky Nelson Remembered," starring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson Where: Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, 6509 Sampson Road When: Wednesday, July 4, at 4 p.m. Cost: Free Info: 540/653-8153; rickynelsonremembered.com