But it’s all right now, I’ve learned my lesson well You see,
you can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself
- Rick Nelson’s real name was Eric. A child prodigy, he began his celebrity life as an actor in the television series, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–66). As a 19 year old, he starred alongside John Wayne and Dean Martin the 1959 western, Rio Bravo.
- As a singer-songwriter he made 53 visits to the US singles charts between 1957 and 1973.
- Rick’s 1958 hit, Poor Little Fool was the very first #1 song on Billboard magazine’s then-new Hot 100 chart.
- Of Rick’s 53 top 100 hits, 19 made it into the top 10.
- Rick was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
- By the time his 17th birthday rolled around, Rick had had his first hit record. Recorded under the name Ricky Nelson, it was a cover of Fats Domino’s, I’m Walkin’.
- On his 21st birthday, Ricky changed his name to Rick. He also began to change his music style from rockabilly/rock ‘n’ roll to country/folk – a fact that is important when considering the story behind his hit song, Garden Party.
- Rick died on December 31, 1985 when the cabin of the plane he was on caught fire. It endeavoured to land but crashed.
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- Garden Party was written by Rick Nelson in 1972 – it was recorded by Rick Nelson and The Stone Canyon Band.
- Garden Party is autobiographical – Rick had been a clean cut rock ‘n’ roll singer. At a Madison Square Garden concert he appeared with long hair and contemporary clothes, nothing like the 1950s/60s rock ‘n’ roll crooner people wanted him to be. He sang his old songs but when he started on some more county-genre songs, was booed by the audience – Rick left the stage and refused to return. Garden Party talks about the concert and mentions a number of those who were there or who were on the bill.
- Garden Party was Rick’s last top ten US hit, peaking at #6.
- Among the few artists to cover Garden Party are John Fogerty and Owl City.
- Garden Party lyrics.
references within garden party
- A garden party – October 15, 1971’s Rock ‘n Roll Revival concert at Madison Square Garden, New York City
- My old friends – fellow performers at the concert Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Bobby Rydell
- Yoko – Yoko Ono
- Yoko’s walrus – John Lennon
- Mr. Hughes – George Harrison
- (Mr. Hughes) hid in Dylan’s shoes – Harrison’s planned (but later abandoned) album of Bob Dylan covers
- I said hello to Mary Lou, she belongs to me – Nelson’s song “Hello Mary Lou”, which he played at the concert; also a reference to “She Belongs to Me”, a Bob Dylan song covered by Nelson
- I sang a song about a Honky-Tonk – The Rolling Stones song “Country Honk”, the song that allegedly caused the booing
- And it was time to leave – Nelson’s subsequent departure
- Out stepped Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry’s song “Johnny B. Goode”
- Playing guitar like a-ringing a bell – the line in “Johnny B. Goode”, “he could play guitar just like a-ringing a bell”
garden party – rick nelson – 1972 – video
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