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Ricky Nelson's Daughter Tracy Shares Precious Moments with Her Late Father in Rare Photos

Manuela Cardiga
Aug 20, 2019
02:40 A.M.

Tracy Nelson remembers her teen-idol dad with touching throwback photos.

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Actress Tracy Nelson shared touching throwback photos of her father, Ricky Nelson, who first rose to fame as a child in his parent's sitcom "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet."

But the photos she shares are very different from the usual "teen idol" publicity photos fans have gotten used to seeing of the sadly deceased singer.

RICKY NELSON THE FIRST TEEN-IDOL

Even today, Ricky Nelson's name resonates. The singer, songwriter, and actor left a vast legacy through his art, and through his children.

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It is the facet of Nelson as a loving father that Tracy now reveals to his fans, with a series of black-and-white family photos posted on Facebook.

To this day, Nelson is the only artist to have had a No. 1 song, No. 1 movie and No. 1 TV show in the same week.

TRACY NELSON'S MEMORIES OF HER FATHER IN PICTURES

Tracy has shared a series of photos that illustrate her relationship with her father over the years, from her days as a toddler, to later years, when she was a grown woman, taken just a year before his untimely death.

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DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL

The sweetest of the snaps is dated by Tracy as being from 1967 when she would have been only 4 years old and shows Nelson with his arm around his blond-haired angel, as they gaze adoringly into each other's eyes.

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THE LAST FATHER-DAUGHTER PHOTO

The last and the most moving photo that Tracy shared was of herself and her father in 1884, a year before the fatal plane crash that claimed his life, taken for Interview Magazine.

In the photo, Nelson and the 21-year-old Tracy gaze at the camera with confident smiles, sure that this was just one more photo, and there would be many more to celebrate their unique bond.

Sadly, Nelson was to die on December 31, 1985, when the plane he was traveling in with his band crash-landed in De Kalb Texas. He was only 45-years-old.

Nelson had 4 children with ex-wife Kristin Nelson, twins Gunnar and Mathew, Sam and Tracy - his oldest child and only girl.

RTicky Nelson in "Rio Bravo"/  Source: Wikimedia

RTicky Nelson in "Rio Bravo"/ Source: Wikimedia

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RICKY NELSON THE FIRST TEEN IDOL

Ricky Nelson was a born entertainer, born into a family of entertainers. He started in showbiz as a child playing himself in his parent's sitcom "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet."

Nelson was a gifted musician and vocalist, and at 16 recorded his first single to impress his girlfriend who was besotted with Elvis Presley. He recorded "I'm Walkin'" and "A Teenager's Romance."

"I'm Walkin'" reached #4 on Billboard's Best Sellers in Stores chart, and its flip side, "A Teenager's Romance", hit #2, and Nelson's career was launched.

He made several movies, one of which was "Rio Bravo" alongside the legendary John Wayne, and Dean Martin.

To this day, Nelson is the only artist to have had a No. 1 song, No. 1 movie and No. 1 TV show in the same week.

Nelson went on to have 53 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, among them: “Hello Mary Lou,” “Poor Little Fool,” “Travelin’ Man,” “I’m Walkin’, ” “I Gotta Feeling,” “Teenage Idol” and “Garden Party.”

His sons Gunnar and Matthew followed in his footsteps and forme their own band, Nelson, in the 90s with great success.

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