Ricky Nelson was second only to Elvis when it came to rock ‘n’ roll idols of the 1950s. His exposure on his parents television show, OZZIE & HARRIET, gave him a huge fan base and his singing his new songs at the end of the shows introduced his music to millions.
Many times he would issue a rock song on one side of his singles and a ballad on the other and then wait to see which would receive the most radio airplay and become the bigger hit.
“Young Enotions/Right By My Side” was issued during the early spring of 1960. “Young Emotions” reached number 12 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart and “Right By My Side” peaked at number 59.
The A side was a smooth slower song that was typical of many of his releases at the time.
He would chart 54 singles, 1954-1973, and sell tens of millions of albums. He was inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987, two years after his death in a plane crash.