Rick Nelson’s manager reveals whether final album will ever emerge

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Circa 1983, natural-born entertainer and burgeoning pin-up Rick Nelson poses backstage somewhere on his seemingly neverending tour of intimate clubs, theaters, and town halls dotted across the United States. Image Credit: The Shelley A. Mandrusiak Collection / Pinterest
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On August 12, 2016, Rick Nelson’s final business manager Greg McDonald and Elvis Presley’s tour producer Charles Stone are interviewed by Presley’s eighth grade classmate and longtime pal George Klein on Klein’s weekly SiriusXM Elvis show broadcast live across the street from Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. McDonald and Stone were special guests at the annual Elvis Week festivities and were both mentored by “Colonel” Tom Parker. Photography by Greg McDonald, Jr.
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A million miles away: Rick Nelson is captured playing a wistful ballad on his ornate Martin D-35 acoustic guitar with detailed leather work at London’s Royal Albert Hall, November 17, 1985, six weeks before his premature death. Photography by David Redferns / Getty Images
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Between May 14 and 27, 1981, 41-year-old Rick Nelson played a sold-out engagement at the Riviera in Las Vegas and met 24-year-old model and future fiancée Helen Blair. The couple remained inseparable until the bitter end with Blair functioning as Nelson’s fan club liason and assistant. This lovely image appears to be taken in 1985. Image Credit: The Shelley A. Mandrusiak Collection / Pinterest
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Rave on for me: Rick Nelson and doghouse bassist Pat Woodward rock ’n’ roll onstage at PJ’s Alley nightclub, owned by former Nelson rhythm guitarist-Spiral Starecase lead singer Pat Upton, in Guntersville, Alabama, on December 28 or 30, 1985, only a day or so before the “There’s Nothing I Can Say” balladeer’s untimely demise. Photography by Buddy Taylor / Courtesy of Sheree Homer
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Rick Nelson gladly poses with opening act Janet McLaughlin inside PJ’s Alley nightclub in Guntersville, Alabama, on December 28 or 30, 1985, only a day or so before the “Gypsy Pilot” rocker’s untimely demise. Image Credit: The Janet McLaughlin Collection / Courtesy of Sheree Homer
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Looking incredibly virile as he approaches 40, a shy, confident Rick Nelson is the king of the jungle. Photography by Guy Webster
Rick Nelson performs a brief rock ’n’ roll medley of “Hello Mary Lou” b/w the Beatles’ “One After 909” on the “Australian Midday Show” on October 2, 1985. “One After 909” was to be included on Nelson’s unintended final album on Curb Records but remains unreleased. Video Credit: YouTube user Jesmelric

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