Rick Nelson was one of the very biggest of the '50s teen idols, so it took awhile for him to attain the same level of critical respectability as other early rock greats. Sure, he had more promotional push than any other rock musician of the '50s; no, he wasn't the greatest singer; and yes, Elvis , Gene Vincent , Carl Perkins , and others rocked harder. But Nelson was extraordinarily consistent during the first five years of his recording career, crafting pleasant pop-rockabilly hybrids with ace session players and projecting an archetype of the sensitive, reticent young adult with his accomplished vocals. Nelson entered professional entertainment before his tenth birthday, when he appeared with father Ozzie once a jazz musician , mother Harriet, and brother David on a radio comedy series based around the family.
The television station was the brainchild of Dr. William V. His historic launch of WGPR-TV 62 gave Black Detroit a new media platform to connect communities, as well as for businesses, especially Black-owned businesses, to reach targeted demographics with products and services. As an independent television entity devoid of a network affiliation, the station, which was located at East Jefferson on the fringe of downtown Detroit, had to be innovative in its programming. Therefore, the majority of shows were locally produced with an urban favor , yet some programs were geared for other ethnic groups that called Detroit home.
The s pronounced nineteen-fifties ; commonly abbreviated as the fifties among other variants was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on January 1, , and ended on December 31, By its end, the world had largely recovered from World War II and the Cold War developed from its modest beginning in the lates to a hot competition between the United States and the Soviet Union by the earlys. Clashes between communism and capitalism dominated the decade, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. Along with increased testing of nuclear weapons such as RDS and Upshot—Knothole , this created a politically conservative climate.
To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. Johnnie Ray, a singer whose emotionally uninhibited hit recordings in the early 's anticipated the rock-and-roll era, died of liver failure on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 63 years old. Ray, whose performing style earned him the nickname ''Mr.