Friday, September 13, 2013

Don Nelson R.I.P.

The most under-recorded of all first-rate jazz singers, Don Nelson, died at his home on Tuesday in Studio City, CA.  Nelson---who penned the immortal Ricky Nelson catch phrase---"I don't mess around, boy" was a regular on brother Ozzie's writing staff. On the off-chance that you're still not making all the right connections, or have the severe and irreversible misfortune of being under-fifty, we're talking about the most successful live action TV series of all-time, Ozzie and Harriet. Don recorded his lone LP for Mode Records in 1957.

Nelson sings track number three my on A Fine Romance program devoted to "One Shot Wonders."

He DID lay down a handful of songs for a Dixie-tinged mainstream album about twenty years after his Mode release, but. . .who's counting Mrs. Shapiro?

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