EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #113: “EASY TO BE FREE”- RICK NELSON

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Every Billboard Hot 100 Single 1970: #113: “Easy To Be Free”- Rick Nelson. March 7, 1970.

  • Single: ” Easy To Be Free”- Rick Nelson and The Stone Canyon Band
  • Record Company- Decca
  • Genre: Rock
  • Written by Rick Nelson
  • Time: 3:09
  • B-side: “Come On In”
  • Album- Rick Nelson In Concert
  • Grade: B+
  • Peaked at #48 6 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

Rick Nelson had no Top 40 hits from 1964 until 1969. He would only have one more Top 40 hit- that being ‘Garden Party” #6 in 1972. I can’t figure out why The Beatles and The British Invasion affected his career so much or if there were other factors. Nelson had 53 Billboard Hot 100 hit singles with 35 making the Top 40. He had 2 #1’s “Poor Little Fool” 1958 and “Travelin’ Man” 1961. Nelson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

 

5 responses to “EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #113: “EASY TO BE FREE”- RICK NELSON

  1. Did he ever do any country music? He’s got a great voice, I bet he would sound so good singing country music. Speaking of country music, I picked up “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken II”, last week had “Circle 50 years later” (something to that effect) and Billy Strings’ “Home.” Be expecting some posts on them soon šŸ™‚

  2. Yes it must have been terribly disappointing for Nelson. It seemed that many of his older fans who grew up on his pop songs didn’t care for his transition to a more folk/singer-songwriter style, while younger people who preferred the Stones, The Band, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, etc. just didn’t connect with him.

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