In 1972, Ricky Nelson reached the Top 40 one last time with “Garden Party”, a song he wrote in disgust after a Madison Square Garden audience booed him. After that, he wanted to record an album featuring original material. The single was released before the album because Nelson had not completed the entire Garden Party album yet.
Nelson was with MCA at the time, and his comeback was short-lived. Nelson’s band soon resigned, and MCA wanted Nelson to have a producer on his next album. His band moved away but Ricky soon put together a new Stone Canyon Band and began to tour for the Garden Party album.
So Long Mama