Mojo Filter wrote:You maybe a bit surprised by this but, I've not really been a Ricky Nelson fan. His voice, to me, didn't suit rock'n'roll, it was too soft vocal it didn't have the power to do such riveting and compelling rock belters. His soft vocals on things like "Boppin' The Blues", "Trying To Get To You" and "Good Rockin' Tonight" is just too weak for such rocking numbers. He's ok on the Burnette penned numbers. His voice works better on his pop stuff like "It's Late" and "Poor Little Fool". Its been said that Ricky's version of "Bucket" was influenced by Sonny's...I think Sonny has acknowledged this as well.
Not surprised at all. I have known many people who don't like Ricky Nelson for the same reasons you mention. I have always tried to take Nelson for what he was. There's no way we can compare him to the heavyweights. But I do enjoy many of his early recordings, done in the 50s and early 60s for Imperial. He was no first rate rocker, but he was special. Some of his versions stink, but he lends an interesting flavour to others, and of course there are maybe a dozen of tracks originally done by him that are true 50s classics.
He was indeed influenced by Sonny Burgess's version of "Bucket". As I mentioned above, he recorded it after Sonny's, in February 1958 - Burgess's single had been released around December 1957. And he even imitates his way of singing the last chorus.
Did you like "T" Texas Tyler's version ? It's more boogie based than Hank's, with that piano. I like Hank's best. It may be more subdued by comparison, but it has more class, I think.