Rock and Roll
At one time or another, someone’s played “love’s foolish game” with us. The song was written by Sharon Sheeley, who was fifteen years old at the time. (During her career, her songs were also recorded by Eddie Cochran, Glen Campbell, Brenda Lee, and Ritchie Valens.) Nelson recorded and released the song in 1958. This was the first # 1 song on the newly created Billboard Hot 100 Chart. “Poor Little Fool” also went to #3 on both the Country & Western and the R&B Charts.
There were lots of TV actors who had charting records during this first era of rock and roll, including (to name a few) Johnny Crawford, Shelley Fabares, Paul Peterson, Annette Funicello, Connie Stevens, Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, and even Walter Brennan. A big star musician who emerged from TV is Ricky Nelson. Eric Hilliard Nelson (aka Ricky Nelson and then Rick Nelson) had an amazing career as a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist , and actor. Besides his music, he’s best known for playing himself on the long-running television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952-1966) as well as co-starring with John Wayne and Dean Martin in Howard Hawks’s western film Rio Bravo (1959). Nelson has been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.