Music Lovers Urged To Attend Concert

Matthew and Gunner Nelson

Matthew and Gunner Nelson


This Saturday evening, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Payson High School auditorium, the Tonto Community Concert Association will present its seventh, and next to last, concert of the 2012-2013 season – Ricky Nelson Remembered.

My guess is that many readers fondly remember the late 1950’s-early 60’s teen idol Ricky Nelson. You may have romantically swayed on prom night to his love ballad There’ll Never Be Anyone Else But You or jitterbugged at the local malt shop to his high flying Be-Bop Baby. Ricky Nelson was quite a sensation in his time.

This Saturday, Nelson’s two identical twin sons, Gunnar and Matthew, will entertain the TCCA crowd with a tribute to all of their father’s top hits. I’m sure we will hear them sing their father’s A Teenager’s Romance, Hello Mary Lou, Travelin’ Man and many other of Nelson’s 50-plus charted hits.

The Nelson twins have also been very successful music act in their own right. In the early 1990s, they landed four hits on the pop Billboard chart, including their number one hit Can’t Live Without Your Love And Affection. If alive today, I’m sure their father would be very proud of them.

Born Eric Hillard Nelson, Ricky (or Rick) Nelson was first introduced to celebrity life in 1949 as a nine-year-old when he and his brother, David, became regulars on their parents’ radio show. His father, Ozzie, was a bandleader and his mother was a singer.

From 1952-66, Ricky performed on the long-running TV series, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, and later acted alongside John Wayne and Dean Martin in the western feature film Rio Bravo, as well as in The Wackiest Ship in the Army and Love and Kisses.

In 1963, the handsome, blue-eyed heartthrob broke many a young girl’s heart by marrying his sweetheart, Kristen Harmon, sister of actor Mark Harmon. The couple later divorced in 1982.

Tragically, in 1985, like so many young music artists of the past, Nelson died in a plane crash. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Jan. 21, 1987 and holds the distinction of having the first #1 song (“Poor Little Fool”) on Billboard magazine’s then newly created Hot 100 chart in the summer of 1958.


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The Nelson Brothers, Matthew and Gunnar, will be the featured performers 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.

This week’s trivia question is: Of Ricky Nelson’s 19 hits that made it onto Billboard’s Top-10, 18 of those singles did so in the period from 1957-1964. It wasn’t until eight years later, in 1972, that Nelson would score his 19th, and last, Top-10 hit. Is the title of his last Top-10 hit A) The Garden; B) Octopus’s Garden; C) Garden Party; or D) Rose Garden?

This week, if you’re the sixth caller and have the right answer, you’ll win two tickets to this Saturday night’s “Ricky Nelson Remembered” concert, courtesy of the Tonto Community Concert Association.

Last week’s Music Trivia Question

Last week’s music trivia question asked if you could name which of the following statements about the American bald eagle is true: A) Bald eagles have lifting power of about four pounds (one whale of a trout); B) The wing span of a bald eagle is between six feet and seven-and-a-half feet; C) At maturity, the bald eagle is covered by approximately 7,000 feathers; or D) All of the above.

The correct answer was “All of the above.”

Congratulations to last week’s first-time music trivia winner, Chris Knollhuff, who won a CD of the soft-rock group, The Eagles, greatest hits.

A little about Chris – He was born in Danville, N.J. and raised in Phoenix. After graduating from Trevor Brown High School in 1990, Chris attended both Phoenix and Glendale College, concentrating on this interest in art.

Chris says he moved to Payson in 2000 to “get out of the Valley and enjoy the scenery and wildlife that Payson offers.”

If you have ever been in the food section of Payson’s Walmart, you have undoubtedly seen Chris. He is the food department manager and has worked there for the last 10 years.

In Chris’ spare time, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, wildlife photography and oil and watercolor artwork. In the summers he volunteers as an art instructor for the Payson Art League’s Kids’ College art program at Gila Community College.

Chris enjoys old blues and classic rock and says his three favorite artists are Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

A couple of final notes

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program will be holding its annual “Bowl for Kids” fundraiser at the Rim Country Lanes tomorrow, Saturday from approximately 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You can just show up and join a team, bowl as an individual, come and participate in the silent auction or just come and learn more about the program. Just come!

Also, if you’re not lucky enough to win tickets in this week’s trivia contest to see Saturday’s “Ricky Nelson Remembered” concert, tickets will be on sale at the door for $35 each. It should be another fun stroll down memory lane concert.

DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482

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