Rick Nielsen

Rick Nielsen is among the very few rock stars who grew up in a music store! His story and background is perfect for the NAMM Oral History program as it ties together a professional career in music making with mom and pop music retailing! Rick's father purchased a music store in Rockford, Illinois when Rick was a young boy. Rick grew up with musical instruments all around and fell in love with electronic keyboards and the guitar. As a professional musician, Rick helped form the rock band Cheap Trick in 1973 and wrote many of the bands hit records including "Surrender" and "I Want You to Want Me."

Interview Date:
April 9, 2017
Job Title:
Musician, Songwriter