(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection – Nelson

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………..on September 29th of 1990 Rick Nelson’s sons Gunnar and Matthew have a number one hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Love and Affection”, becoming the third generation of Nelsons to accomplish that feat. Their Grandfather, Ozzie Nelson, led his orchestra to the top of the chart in 1932 with “And Then Some” and Rick topped all others in 1958 with “Poor Little Fool” and in 1961 with “Travelin’ Man”. This was Nelson’s first single. They had been making music together since their teenage years, but focused their efforts after their father Rick Nelson died in a 1985 plane crash when the twins were 18. They got a deal with Geffen Records in 1988 and took about two years to make the After The Rain album. “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection” was a huge hit, capturing the slick, melodic pop-rock sound (some might call it hair metal) that was big at the time. Nelson also came with a famous pedigree and a look that played well not just on MTV, but also in the various magazines like Tiger Beat that were targeted to young girls. The next single was the album’s title track, and it was also a hit, going to #6 US. This was followed by “More Than Ever” (#14) and “Only Time Will Tell” (#28), but when the musical landscape changed, Geffen bailed on the band, giving their next album (Because They Can, 1995) little promotion and releasing them soon after. Nelson released some albums independently over the next 15 years, then recorded for the small label Frontiers. Like most songs on the album, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson wrote this with Marc Tanner, who co-produced the album. When this went to #1 in the US, Nelson became the only act with twins other than the Bee Gees to hit the top spot.This is the only Hot 100 hit with the word “affection” in the title. The song however was not a hit in the UK where it only reached #54.