The Nelson Brothers, Matthew and Gunnar, are the featured artists at the next production of the Tonto Community Concert Association. They will present “Ricky Nelson Remembered” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Payson High School Auditorium.
The Nelson family is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only family in entertainment history with three generations of #1 hitmakers.
Ricky Nelson was America’s original teen idol and one of the most important rock artists of the ’50s and ’60s with more than 100 million record sales and three #1 hits.
His sons, Matthew and Gunnar, had double-platinum success in the early 1990s with three Top 10 singles, four #1 MTV videos and five Top 40 Billboard Hits. They have sold more than 6.5 million albums worldwide.
In “Ricky Nelson Remembered,” the brothers breathe new life into their father’s hit songs, “Hello Mary Lou,” “Travelin’ Man,” “Garden Party” and many more. Their soaring sibling harmonies are accompanied by never before seen video footage of the Nelson family and interviews from celebrities influenced by their iconic father.
Matthew and Gunnar have rare insights into what it takes to persist in the entertainment world. Their grandparents, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, achieved immortality with “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” the longest-running sitcom in television history. Earlier, the couple had enjoyed big band success and had scored a number one hit in 1934.
Matthew and Gunnar have worked some Rick Nelson classics into their set. “We figured it’s up to us to help keep his music alive,” Gunnar says. “Not only is it a true pleasure to play these great songs that people love, but it makes us feel profoundly closer to our best friend — our Pop.”
The Tonto Community Concert Association presents “Ricky Nelson Remembered —The Nelson Brothers” at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 2 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Single tickets are $35 as available, with children under 18 admitted for free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. For information, visit the association Web site at www.tccarim.org or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.