The Beatles era was in full flower during 1964 and the face of popular music was changing. Ricky Nelson’s brand of rock ‘n’ roll was becoming antiquated and his commercial success was coming to an end, until a comback during the early 1970s when his sound went in a country/rock direction.
“A Happy Guy” was released November 28, 1964 and only reached number 82 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. It deserved better as it was a catchy, up-tempo pop/rock creation that was on a par with his best material. Even the flip side, “Don’t Breathe A Word,” is still worth a listen.
It remains among my top ten Ricky Nelson songs and is well worth seeking out among his vast catalogue of material.