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Ricky, the Drummer 

The Tommy Jackson Band is coming to town, and Ricky dreams of sitting in on drums.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Ozzie Nelson
... Harriet Nelson
... David Nelson
... Ricky Nelson
... Tommy Jackson
... Doc Williams
Alan Reynolds ... Mr. Martin
Alvin Stoller ... Drummer
Sally Hughes ... Mrs. Rogers
Anthony C. Montenaro ... Tony (as Anthony Montenaro Jr.)
Rickie Pond ... Girl Dancer
... Mrs. Williams
June Fenley ... Club Woman


The Tommy Jackson Band is coming to town, and Ricky dreams of sitting in on drums.

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Comedy | Family






Release Date:

10 April 1957 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the few times Ozzie's earlier career as a big band leader is mentioned in the series. See more »


Ozzie Nelson: Did you hear the wonderful news? The drummer has been taken sick!
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I'm Walkin'
Written by Fats Domino & David Bartholomew
Performed by Ricky Nelson
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Landmark Episode For Ricky Nelson
9 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

This was a historic episode in the history of this long-running sitcom: the debut of Ricky as a drummer and singer. He even dances, too!

Rick winds up sitting in with the "Tommy Jackson Band" at a big charity dance that Harriet and a bunch of people had set up. It's a long story how that happened but older brother David helped Ricky out in a nice way.

Although rock 'n roll had officially started, the music in here is a pre-rock big-band material, but Ricky makes the transition, playing the drums on a upbeat number and then singing Fats Domino's song, "I'm Walkin,' which he made into a hit number (and so did Fats). Later, Ricky will have you laughing as he jitterbugs with another girl at the dance. By the way, when they did mention a new style in music, they didn't it "rock 'n roll" in this episode, instead labeling it "rhythm and blues."

Ozzie also is good in here, pushing his kid a bit but not overdoing it. Oz knew what was talking about, being a former band-leader himself. Supposedly, he plays a band leader in this show but I can't recall one episode in which we ever seen Mr. Nelson go to work!

Since Ricky went on to be a mega-star in the music business, this is a episode to have in your collection if you are a fan of this great TV show. You can see it as part of "The Best Of The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet" DVD.

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