Ricky Nelson Original Album Cover Artwork
For Rock n Roll Masters.
The original airbrushed artwork for the album “THE BEST OF RICKY NELSON” .
The album was released on vinyl in 1985 on the liberty label EG 26 0758-1 under the Rock n Roll Masters Series.
This artwork measuring approx 16.75 ins by 20 ins is the only one in existence and was the origin for the album cover.
On the original CS 10 Art Board. Production artwork is the rarest of all media and in the modern digital world these artworks no longer exist.
It is the origin of all subsequent proofs and ultimately the finished product. The design would likely be altered before production making these versions rare and unreleased.
It is The only one in existence.
The Artwork comes with a hand signed letter of authentication from the owner of the studio that produced the art work from the Shoot That Tiger Studio Archive.
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Nelson was a child prodigy, born into a showbiz family, his father Ozzie was a bandleader and his mother Harriet was the singer. They had their own radio show & subsequent TV show, The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet, in which Nelson featured with his brother David. Nelsonappeared in his first film aged 7.
A ‘Teenage Idol’ of the late 1950s and early 1960s, Nelson gained 9 gold records by the age of 21 in 1961. His single, ‘Travelin’ Man’, was a huge #1 hit that year, selling over 2 million copies. The flip-side ‘Hello, Mary Lou’ went on to be his biggest hit ever, reaching #1 in 32 countries
On New Year’s eve 1985, en route from Alabama to a gig in Dallas, Nelson‘s plane crash-landed near DeKalb, TX and burst into flames. Only the pilot & co-pilot escaped. Posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 (Performer), and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Nelson‘s grave is close to those of his parents at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, L.A. County, California, USA