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#4 in 1957
| Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino was born February
26, 1928, in New Orleans, Louisana. Domino crossed into the pop
mainstream with "Ain't That a Shame" (1955), which hit the Top
Ten, though Pat Boone characteristically hit #1 with a milder cover of
the song that received wider radio airplay in a racially segregated era.
Domino would eventually release 37 Top 40 singles, including "Whole
Lotta Loving" and "Blue Monday. Eric Hilliard "Ricky"
Nelson, later known as Rick Nelson was born on May 8, 1940, in Teaneck,
New Jersey. Ricky Nelson began a rock and roll music career in 1957. He
recorded his debut single, the Fats Domino song "I'm Walkin'",
seeking to impress a date who was an Elvis Presley fan Nelson's
first song was a hit, reaching #4 on the charts. Soon, each episode of
the Ozzie & Harriet television show ended with a musical performance
by "Ricky". While on tour, he died in a plane crash in De
Kalb, Texas on December 31, 1985; he was on his way to a New Year's Eve
concert in Dallas, Texas. Nelson was interred in the Forest Lawn,
Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. The last song he
sang on stage before his death was Buddy Holly's "Rave On."
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