American singer and songwriter Ricky Nelson was an early teen idol who acted out his real-life childhood as the son of Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Nelson on the popular series, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. He began to conclude each episode with a song from his band and quickly became popular as a musician. He went on to produce a number of albums, and owned the music charts for a three-year period from 1957 through 1959 with his hit songs. He died in a plane crash on December 31, 1985.
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