Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Record #0741: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You / Be-Bop Baby – RICKY NELSON


Imperial 5463 (original, first pressing) USA, 16. September 1957
Words & Music by:  Side AScotty Wiseman; Side B – Pearl Lendhurst
Musicians: Ricky Nelson (lead vocals), Bob Bain (guitar), Howard Roberts (guitar), Ray Siegel (bass), Roger Renner (piano), Earl Palmer (drums), The Four Preps (backing vocals)
Recording sessions: Produced by Jimmie Haskell and Ozzie Nelson at Master Recorders, Hollywood, CA, 16. August 1957
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #29; Side B - US #3, US R&B #5

This is one of Nelson's early singles (and the first one with Imperial Records), recorded at the time when he didn't have a band of his own, yet. He was backed by (fine) session musicians in these songs. The drums were played by the fabulous Earl Palmer.

A Wikipedia article claims that Joe Maphis played the lead guitar here, but according to the studio details Maphis played in Nelson’s sessions between 24. September and 18. November 1957.

I’ve already posted the 2nd pressing here.

List price:  Very Good+ is $25, Near Mint is $50. Black label (2nd pressing) is half the price. Picture sleeves are $80 for NM.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Record #0740: Someday / Shirley Lee – RICKY NELSON

California C 306 (original Danish issue) Denmark, 1958
Words & Music by:  Side A - Jimmie Hodges; Side BBobby Lee Trammell
Musicians: Ricky Nelson (vocals, drums on side A, rhythm guitar on side B), James Burton (lead guitar), James Kirkland (bass), Richie Frost (drums on side B), Ozzie Nelson (piano on side A), Gene Garff (piano on side B), unknown backing vocals overdubbed on side A in a later session.
Recording sessions: Produced by Charles Dant at Master Recorders, Hollywood, CA; Side A – on 11. April 1958; Side B – 1. April 1958
Highest chart positions:  No information for the Danish release. UK #9, Australia #66

Both tracks were included on Nelson’s second album “Ricky Nelson” in 1958 (US Album #7).

Ricky’s father, Ozzie Nelson plays the piano on “Someday”. Ozzie and his orchestra were famous in the 1930’s.

The flip was recorded in the third session with Nelson’s new band (Burton – Kirkland – Frost).

The UK single “Someday” had a different flip side (“I Got a Feeling”).
This was never released as a single in the States.

Someday” was a big hit (US #1) for Vaughn Monroe in 1949.

List price:  Not listed in the catalog. I could not find any sold or for sale on eBay nor on Discogs.


Monday, July 15, 2024

Record #0739: Travelin’ Man / Hello Mary Lou – RICKY NELSON


California C 366 (original Danish issue) Denmark, 1961
Words & Music by:  Side AJerry Fuller; Side B Gene Pitney
Musicians: Ricky Nelson (vocals and  guitar), James Burton (lead guitar), Joe Osborn (bass), Ray Johnson (piano), Richie Frost (drums), The Jordanaires (backing vocals), Jimmie Haskell (cowbell on side B)
Recording sessions: Produced by Jimmie Haskell at United Recording Corporation, Hollywood, CA, Side A – 13. March 1961; Side B – 20. March 1961
Highest chart positions:  No particular information for the Danish release. Side A – US #1, UK #2, Finland #1; Side B –US #9, UK #2, Norway #1, Finland #1

I posted the original US release already here.

This (or the Swedish issue) topped the Finnish chart in September 1961.

List price:  Not listed in the catalog. These are selling for about 20 euros with picture sleeves in eBay.