Saturday, July 16, 2005
Ricky Nelson: Milk Cow Blues/You Are The Only One (Imperial 5707)
By now, I don't think anyone needs to be told that despite his supposed "teen idol" status (enforced by being on his mom and dad's "Ozzie and Harriet" show week after week), he truly had genuine talent and could definitely rock out with the best of them. But if you are one of those who are still not convinced, let me direct your attention to this item in which Ricky and his band (no doubt including the great James Burton on lead guitar) rock the roof off with this old time blues standard ("Milk Cow Blues," of course) that Elvis made famous at Sun. Ricky's version is right in there, too, with a great frantic guitar break and the band working itself into a frenzy. "You Are The Only One" is, needless to say, the requisite ballad, and a relatively sizable hit for Ricky, hitting #25 in 1960. Shortly after this, he'd record one of his all-time greatest two-sided hit monsters "Travelin' Man"/"Hello Mary Lou." He'd drop the "Y" from his name after that. Anyway, just give his "Milk Cow Blues" a spin. It just might surprise you a bit.