Ricky Nelson - 1957
Many parents found Elvis too sexually charged for their children, but they had no problem with Ricky Nelson. America watched Nelson grow up on television as the younger brother on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In a 1957 episode of the popular family sitcom Ricky performed a cover of the Fats Domino song "I'm Walkin'." It became a huge single for the 16-year-old, who went on to score a series of hits through the early 1960s. His career dried up around the time the Beatles hit America in 1964, but Nelson managed a brief comeback in the 1970s with his anti-nostalgia song "Garden Party." He continued to tour until he died in a plane crash in 1985.