THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET: Ricky the Drummer, April 10, 1957

Ricky Nelson had pleaded for months with his father Ozzie to let him sing on their television show. Ozzie Nelson, the famous bandleader leader in the swing era, was thoroughly knowledgeable of the music industry. Ultimately, he decided it was smart business to market the character Ricky Nelson as a rock and roll singer. With […]

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Studio One, November 15, 1954

Studio One was one of television’s most ambitious and acclaimed anthology series. Like all these hour long presentations of classic plays, musicals, and variety showcases, the ratings were never consistently high, but rose up and down depending on the weeks presentation. Each week was a risk. During preparation for the upcoming November 15, 1954 hour, producer […]

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Like A Virgin, September 14, 1984

By 1984, MTV had revolutionized the music industry. Video had killed the radio star, and, naturally, MTV decided it was time to hand out some awards. The first MTV Video Music Awards was hosted by Bette Midler and Dan Ackroyd, setting the tone that this was not your parents’ Grammy show, but a youthful celebration […]

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Icon Restoration: Rick Nelson

Rick Nelson’s star should burn brighter. He was the featured player on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, the quintessential family sitcom that ran for 14 seasons on television. Young 11 year old Ricky and the rest of the Nelson family debuted on television after a long run on radio. The young tyke grew up in […]

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