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Nelson brothers had lock on rock looks

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

The band Nelson made pop music history in 1990 with its hit “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection.”

The brothers landed in Guinness World Records as the only family to reach No. 1 status in three successive generations: Their grandfather Ozzie Nelson had a 1934 big-band hit with “And Then Some,” and their father, Ricky Nelson, had many chart toppers.

Matthew and Gunnar Nelson also will be remembered for their long, Fabio-like locks.

Those are history, too.

“About eight years ago we gave our hair to Locks of Love,” Gunnar said, referring to the wigmaking charity. “It was better karma than selling it on eBay. Matthew took the plunge first. I felt like Samson. It was a blessing and a curse.

“Our motto when we came out with that first record was, ‘Love us or hate us, you’re going to know who we are.’ Everyone talked about the twins with the long blonde hair but no one mentioned the music.”

Dave Hoekstra

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