Rick Nelson Interview 1981 Tonight Show... A QUOTE F.T.C. - From what everyone has ever said about Ricky Nelson, his outstanding attributes were that he was a truly beautiful person inside and out and that he was a genuinely nice and caring guy. Rick Nelson was an amazingly gifted talent whose life was cut off far too soon. I cannot help but feel frustrated about some of the unfortunate timing regarding his professional life and bumped opportunities. If only the timing had been different in certain situations, Rick Nelson could have and should have been celebrated far greater than he had been. Nonetheless, Rick Nelson's music and legacy will live on forever."