Monday, August 04, 2014

Record #0555: Teen Age Idol / I've Got My Eyes on You (And I Like What I See) – RICK NELSON

Imperial X5864 (original) USA, Aug. 4, 1962
Words & Music bySide A – Jack Lewis; Side BDave Burgess
Musicians: Side A - Rick Nelson (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), James Burton (lead guitar), Tommy Tedesco (rhythm guitar), Leroy Vinnegar (bass), Richie Frost (drums), Pete Jolly (piano), John Anderson (trumpet), Holly Humphreys (trumpet), Marshall Cram (trombone), John Rotella (sax), and an unknown chorus; Side B - Rick Nelson (lead vocals), James Burton (lead guitar), Glen Campbell (guitar), Joe Osborn (bass), Richie Frost (drums), Allen Harris (piano), John Audino (trumpet), Tony Terran (trumpet) Darlene Love & the Blossoms (backing vocals)
Recording sessions: Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA, Side A - Jun. 20, 1962; Side B - backing track Jun. 13, vocals added Jun. 20, 1962
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #5, US AC #2, UK #39; Side B - US #105

Released exactly 52 years ago, this was Nelson's 14th US Top 10 single. It did well as it was right in the mainstream pop of the time. But as usual for Rick (and for "Ricky" as he was until he turned 21) the musicians were top notch, including James Burton, Glen Campbell, Joe Osborn and so on.

List price:  Very Good+ is $10, Near Mint is $20

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