Garden Party By Ricky Nelson
And Other Hits
On The Acoustic

Garden Party By Ricky Nelson

Welcome to my Garden Party by Ricky Nelson page where I demonstrate how to play several greatest hits by Ricky Nelson. I'll be using some Ricky Nelson album covers images below so you can see the origin of each song.

There are also free .pdf Ricky Nelson chords and lyrics sheets available for download, rhythm tips and more. If you need full tutorial lessons, they are available for a small fee. See right menu for greater discounts.

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Garden Party By Ricky Nelson
Chords, Demos, Lyrics, Tutorials

1. A Teenager In Love

A Teenager In Love was first recorded by Dion And The Belmonts and released as a single in 1959, reaching #5 on the Pop charts.

Bob Marley and The Whalers, 10cc and even The Red Hot Chilli Peppers covered this song. But Ricky Nelson also covered the song.

What is strange is that it was never released as a single and I could not find which album the song resides.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, Am, F, G

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2. Don't Leave Me This Way

This song was released as a single in 1986 and hails from the album "All My Best".

The song never charted.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: E, B7, A, Gb
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3. Dream Lover

Bobby Darin wrote and recored his version of this song back in 1959. Twenty years later in 1979, Ricky Nelson covered the song for his album "Rockabilly Renaissance" which was never released.

The song re-appeared for his Memphis Sessions album of 1986.

Nelson's version peaked at #29 in the US. Download the Ricky Nelson Dream Lover chords below.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, Bm, A, G
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4. Garden Party

This song was written by Ricky Nelson about a concert he was boo-ed at at MSG in NYC. It's believed the boo-ing was due to police action in the crowd, but Nelson thought it was directed at him, so he played one more song and left the building.

The show was a Rocn N Roll Revival show so many 50s artists were there performing also. He never returned for the finale. The song reached #6 in the US, his last top 40.

The song hails from the album of the same name. Download the Garden Party Ricky Nelson lyrics and chords below.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes 
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, A, G, A/Db, Bm, Bm/A 
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5. Travelin Man By Ricky Nelson

Travelin Man was Ricky Nelson's first #1 hit which happened in 1961. Ironically Sam Cooke's manager passed on the song intended for Sam Cooke. Not sure if he ever did hear the song but Nelson never passed.

With the help of The Jordanaires on backup vocals, it also became his biggest hit in the UK reaching #2 and hit #1 in Canada, New Zealand and the US. Neil Sedaka said he used some of the chord progressions for his song

Calendar Girl.

You can find this on the album "Rick Is 21". Download the Ricky Nelson Travelin Man lyrics below.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, Bm, A, D7, G, Gm, Gbm, E7
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Thanks for dropping in to my Garden Party by Ricky Nelson page and I hope some of the info here was useful for you in learning some music by Ricky Nelson on guitar.


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Ricky Nelson Documentary

What happened to Ricky Nelson? He was a teenage star of course who was born in 1940 and grew up as a teenager in the 1950's and as a teen actor at age 8 with his family members on the TV show "The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet".

Is Ricky Nelson still alive? No he isn't. When did Ricky Nelson die? He died on New Years Eve, Dec 31st 1980 in a plane crash. Who died with Ricky Nelson? I don't have their names but 7 others perished in the crash but the two pilots survived.

Where is Ricky Nelson buried? He is buried in the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.



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