Music Series #2 - My Vinyl Records Collection featuring Teddy Randazzo and Ricky Nelson

This is the continuation of my Music Series featuring the additional album on my Vinyl Records Collection. This time, it's an album featuring two legendary American songwriters who have also popularized their own songs: Teddy Randazzo(May 13, 1935 - November 21, 2003) & Ricky Nelson ( May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985). It was released in the Philippines with this Face-Off album literally comparing the achievements of the two Hall of Fame awardees in the American Music Industry.

"One More Chance" is the most popular songs of Teddy Randazzo here in the country. It's a bit of an earworm among those contestants who constantly join amateur singing contests. Since rentals of videoke machines are apparent during special occasion in the village, this is one of the most requested songs, aside from "My Way" of Ole Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra.

Ricky Nelson, for me, didn't ring a bell until I heard his version of "There's Nothing I Can Say", which is included in this album. Yet, I have to share with you my all-time fave from his chart-topping songs, Travelin' Man.

These two singer-songwriters have left this world already. Mr. Randazzo in his 60s (while sleeping) while Mr. Nelson (by plane crash).

Yet, their legacy lives on.

Looking back with their rich contribution in the American music industry resonates even in the Far East, especially in my country.

My father(who died already) was a former member of their family band, a bass player; who also handed his influence on me to be interested in old school of music.

I mean, I like all kinds of music, but I prefer listening to vinyl records he's left me during weekends.

The memory never dies and so this all-time favorites.

Face-Off with Ricky Nelson and Teddy Randazzo (Photo by Travel Man)
Face-Off with Ricky Nelson and Teddy Randazzo (Photo by Travel Man)

Teddy Randazzo's Hit Songs

Teddy Randazzo's songs
His Version & Placing at the Music Charts
Version/Cover & Standing at the Music Charts
1. Goin' Out of My Head
#6 Pop, #22 R&B
The Zombies, Frank Sinatra
2. Hurt So Bad
#10 Pop, #3 R&B
The Lettermen (#12 in 1969). Linda Ronstadt (#8 in 1980)
3. I'm On The Outside (Looking In)
 
The Imperials (Top 20 hit)
4. Take Me Back
 
The Imperials (Top 20 hit)
5. It's Gonna Take A Miracle
 
The Royalettes (Top 50 hit in 1965)
6. I Want To Meet Him
 
The Royalettes (reached Hot 100 & Top 30 R&B in 1966)
7. Miracle
 
Deniece Williams (#1 R&B, #10 Hot 100 in 1982)
8. Yesterday Has Gone
 
UK Band Cupid's Inspiration (#4 UK pop chart in 1968) (
9. It Feels So Good To Be Loved So Bad
 
The Manhattans (#6 R&B, #66 Pop in the 70s)

Teddy Randazzo - One More Chance c/o MrMusicman1971

The Face-Off Album of Teddy Randazzo & Ricky Nelson (Photo by Travel Man)
The Face-Off Album of Teddy Randazzo & Ricky Nelson (Photo by Travel Man)

"Goin' Out of My Head" is included in the Top 50 most recorded songs with sales over 100 million by over 400 artists.

Teddy Randazzo's later success was the song Honolulu City Lights, which was also covered by the brother-sister tandem The Carpenters.

The song hit number 1 in Hawaii and the album became the #1 all-time album in 2004.

Ricky Nelson's Hit Songs-the early years

Ricky Nelson's songs
Original / Cover version/Year recorded
Placings at the Music Charts
1. I'm Walkin
Fats Domino standard (March 26, 1957)
#4 @ Billboard's Best Sellers in Stores chart
2. A Teenager's Romance
Fats Domino standard (March 26, 1957)
#2 @ Billboard's Best Sellers in Stores chart
3. Be-Bop Baby
First single, summer of 1957
#3
4. Poor Little Fool
Sharon Sheeley's original (June 1958)
#1 @ Billboard's newly instituted Hot 100 Singles chart (August 4, 1958)
5. Believe What You Say
 
#4 Hot 100
6. I Got A Feeling
 
#10 Hot 100
7. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
 
#12 Hot 100
8. Hello Mary Lou
 
#9 Hot 100
9. It's Late
 
#9 Hot 100
10. Stood Up
 
#2 Hot 100
11. Waitin' In School
 
#18 Hot 100
12. Just A Little Too Much
 
#9 Hot 100
13. Travelin' Man
 
#1 Hot 100
14. Young World
 
#5 Hot 100
15. Lonesome Town
 
#7 Hot 100
16. Never Be Anyone Else But You
 
#6 Hot 100
17. Sweeter Than You
 
#9 Hot 100
18. It's Up To You
 
#6 Hot 100
19. Teenage Idol
 
#5 Hot 100
20. For You
Year 1964 & the British invasion
#6 Hot 100

Ricky Nelson - Travelin' Man c/o MrMusicman1971

The A-side & B-Side Playlist (Photo by Travel Man)
The A-side & B-Side Playlist (Photo by Travel Man)

Ricky Nelson's parents. who are also musicians (Ozzie and Harriet with their show named after them) maintains an official site for their deceased son.

Although, I don't want to be biased about parents whose occupations are link to the music industry, critics will also air negative comments regarding the journey of Ricky Nelson.

Music is always associated with fame and drugs. Some may thrive but others die young.

I'm hands down regarding that issue. I've seen some local musicians did a wrong turn but realized that clean music will always lead them to a clearer path of success.

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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

Loved the music of these two guys. Both were singers and actors at the same time, aside from being songwriters.

A very good review, travel man!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Arian Rey: Thanks, Arian! It's nice to hear from a music lover himself. Yep, I've been digging some old vinyl records, just of late. They're my priceless collection that I want to share to those who are interested.

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