In 1972 the country-rock sound Rick Nelson had been pursuing for the past few years (with no chart success to show for it) finally paid off. The song in question was a self-composed number, "Garden Party", which told the story of the frosty audience reception he received at a Rock N Roll Revival concert, reportedly for playing his new material rather than the oldies they had come to hear. The song became his first Top 10 hit for almost ten years, charting at #6 on the pop chart. The album that accompanied it (again recorded with his own Stone Canyon Band) was another fine example of his polished country-rock style.
However his comeback proved to be short-lived, as "Garden Party" was his last ever Top 40 hit. The Stone Canyon Band also split from him around this time, though he soon formed a new group and continued to record.
Rudy The Fifth (1971) <|> Windfall (1974)
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