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June 1, 1950 |
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
|Fender Precision Bass
Shortly after his birth, Nelson's family moved to Rome, Illinois, a suburb of Peoria. During his teenage years and early twenties, he played in various regional bands around the Chicago area, emulating multiple styles but focusing on rhythm and blues.
Little River Band
In 1978, Nelson moved to Los Angeles, and afterward worked with artists including Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina. He toured with many performers. While in Messina's band and opening for Little River Band, LRB's management invited Nelson to join the Australian band  
- "Wayne Nelson - Australian Music Database". australianmusicdatabase.com. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
- Nelson, Wayne (2014-01-19). "Little River Band: 'L.A. was home to so many great bands and musicians'". Yuzu Melodies (Interview). Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2017-03-24.