Encore presents: 'Ricky Nelson Remembered'

11/09/12 jgm

HAYS, Kan. -- He is the only artist to have a No. 1 song, No. 1 movie and No. 1 TV show in the same week. Life Magazine coined the phrase "Teen Idol" after him, and he is credited with pioneering the country rock sound.

Encore presents Ricky Nelson Remembered at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the Fort Hays State University Campus.

Rock 'n' Roll hall of famer Ricky Nelson's life and music touched millions. His twin sons, multi-platinum recording artists, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, relive the music and memories in their multi-media event, "Ricky Nelson Remembered."

Featuring hit songs like "Hello Mary Lou," "Poor Little Fool," "Travelin' Man," "I'm Walkin'," "I Gotta Feeling," "Teenage Idol," "Garden Party" and many more, the event showcases Nelson's life with never-before-seen interviews from artists he influenced, including Paul McCartney and Chris Isaak.

Nelson died in a plane crash on his way to perform a New Year's Eve concert in 1986. His legacy includes 53 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and 19 other top-10 hits. He is one of the biggest-selling artists of all time, a Golden Globe winner for his performance alongside John Wayne in "Rio Bravo" and in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

From Ozzie and Harriet to Ricky to Matthew and Gunnar, the Nelsons are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only family in history with three successive generations of No. 1 hit makers. Matthew and Gunnar are also nephews, on their mother's side, of NCIS star Mark Harmon.

Reserved tickets are $30 for the public, $28 for senior citizens and children under 18, and $21 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets are $26, $24 and $17, respectively. Tickets can be purchased at the Student Service Center in FHSU's Memorial Union across from the University Bookstore, by phone at 785-628-5306 or online at www.fhsu.edu/encore. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

For additional information about the Encore Series, visit www.fhsu.edu/encore. For press interviews and photos about this show contact Melissa Kucirek by email at nelsonbiz@me.com or phone at 402-677-0930.

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