Hello Mary Lou – Ricky Nelson

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………..on December 31st of 1985 Rock and Roll legend Rick Nelson was killed while en route to a New Year’s Eve show in Dallas, Texas. His private DC-3 (which was previously owned by Jerry Lee Lewis) crashed in a field near DeKalb, Texas. Early press reports erroneously suggested that drug use, namely freebasing, might have played a role in the crash that killed Rick, his band, and his fiancee Helen Blair (the pilot and co-pilot survived). In fact, the National Transportation Safety Board’s 1987 report determined that the fire began in a malfunctioning gas heater. Here from 1961 Rick sings “Hello Mary Lou”. There are two credited writers of this song: Gene Pitney and Cayet Mangiaracina. In America, “Hello Mary Lou” was released on the flip side of “Travelin’ Man,” which went to #1 with “Hello Mary Lou” peaking at #8. Conventional thinking at the time was to put hastily produced or unwanted songs on the flip sides of singles, but Nelson took his B-sides seriously, figuring the singles would sell better if he did. This was a huge hit in Australia, where it went to #1. In the UK, it was also very popular, reaching #2.