The late singer has twin sons that look just like him, and who followed in their father's showbusiness footsteps.
Ricky Nelson had twins with his ex-wife Kristin Nelson: Gunnar and Matthew. Unsurprisingly, given their musical genes, the brothers have also carved out careers for themselves in the music industry.
As reported by Closer Weekly, the twins have recently opened up about a meaningful conversation they with their father in 1985, just weeks before his death.
To this day, the twins still claim their late father inspires them, even though it has already been over 30 years since his tragic death in December 1985. It can only be expected that he will be a great influence on them as long as they live, especially in their careers.
The former Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet teen idol went to his sons' gig in 1985 and now Gunnar and Matthew opened up about a conversation he had with them at the show.
They were just 18 years old then, and it seems their father’s words marked them for life. According to Closer Weekly, Ricky said to the twins, “I not only love you as my sons, but I admire you as my peers.”
This was an unexpected remark from a father they admired so much, and greatly surprised the teenagers at the time. They both agreed that it was a defining moment for them, as that man was both their “dad and our musical hero.”
But just a month after that, Ricky passed away, aged 45. A plane crash on New Year’s Eve took his life, while he he had been headed to a concert in Dallas. Because of his sudden death so soon after his compliments, Gunnar and Matthew suspect that their father may have had a sort of premonition that he was not long for this world.
Whatever the case, the twins still remember those words and use them to empower their work, finding motivation in them to pursue their dreams.
They not only tour in support of their own music, but also to do special Ricky Nelson Remembered concerts. They believe this is a way to honor their father’s love and career, as he was their best friend.