Legacy of America’s Original ‘Teen Idol’ Continues -- AOL Ranks Ricky Nelson #5 Among Top 50 Teen Idols

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Celebrity entertainers Matthew & Gunnar Nelson announce they are delighted to see the legacy of their legendary father Ricky Nelson continues as he made the Top 5 ranking in America Online’s TOP 50 TEEN IDOLS. http://insidetv.aol.com/2009/11/10/top-50-teen-idols/

Celebrity entertainers Matthew & Gunnar Nelson announced they are delighted to see the legacy of their legendary father Ricky Nelson continues as he made the Top 5 ranking in America Online’s TOP 50 TEEN IDOLS. (http://insidetv.aol.com/2009/11/10/top-50-teen-idols/)

LIFE magazine actually coined the phrase "Teen Idol" to describe Ricky Nelson and the frenzy surrounding his fame in music and on television starring in “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet”. Ricky Nelson would later go on to sing about his teen popularity landing a Top 5 hit on the Hot 100 in 1962 titled “Teenage Idol”. Ricky Nelson is the only artist to have a number one song "Poor Little Fool" - number one movie "Rio Bravo" and number one TV show "Ozzie & Harriet" all in same week.

“It’s great to see our Pop, Ricky Nelson being celebrated for his teenage popularity right up there with Johnny Depp,” affirms Gunnar Nelson. “It’s wonderful to see our father who was this pioneer teen star still being recognized as the original, ‘teen idol’.”    

"Ricky Nelson’s teenage success was the first to show the real power of TV and music,” said Matthew Nelson. “We’re delighted our Pop’s legacy as America’s original teen idol continues.”

Matthew and Gunnar Nelson are the identical twin sons of Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Nelson, and grandsons of ‘50s TV icons Ozzie & Harriet Nelson of the Nelson family -- the only family in entertainment history with three generations of #1 hitmakers according to the Guinness Book of World Records. With their rock band NELSON they have (5) Five Top 40 Billboard hits, (4) Four #1 MTV videos and have sold over 4 million albums worldwide!

Matthew and Gunnar are currently touring with the “RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED” show -- a multi media tribute show featuring live music of Ricky Nelson's songs (including “Hello Mary Lou", "Travelin' Man”, “Garden Party") and never before seen footage of the NELSON family with interviews from celebrities influenced by Ricky Nelson. The show appeals to a wide audience and multiple generations, and 2010 will mark the 25th anniversary of Rick Nelson's passing with that tragic New Year’s Eve plane crash.

Ricky Nelson has been inducted into the Rockabilly and Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fames and has been honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rick Nelson is credited with co-founding Country-Rock music, and has sold over 100 million lifetime record sales (verified by RIAA).

As a singer-songwriter, Rick Nelson’s biggest hit was “Garden Party” which was recently honored in the Nashville Music Garden.

To arrange press interviews with Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, please contact Liz Motley at (786) 897-7414 or NelsonPR@me.com.

For information on the “RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED” headline entertainment show, please contact Obi Steinman JHFP@aol.com. You can view the super promo video for "RiCKY NELSON REMEMBERED" at URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9lfojt8sS8

For more information on Ricky Nelson and the Nelson family, please visit http://www.TheNelsonBrothers.com.

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