Ricky Nelson wrote “Garden Party” after he was booed at a Rock ‘n Roll Revival concert in 1971 at Madison Square Garden that featured him as well as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and others. The song went to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the fall of 1972 and was his last song to hit the Top 40.
One of Ricky Nelson’s big hits, from 1958. I included two versions in this video, fingerstyle followed by a strumming example.
This was one of Ricky Nelson’s great songs and a #1 hit in 1961. The song was written by Jerry Fuller in 1959, who had hoped Sam Cooke would record it. Cooke wasn’t interested but Ricky’s bass player heard it and brought it to him, and he loved it.