6 thoughts on “Mr. Patrick “Pat” Upton”
  1. I knew Pat very well.he was a great friend! He also was a great Entertainer. His voice was remarkable & especially when he sang Roy Orbinsons song {Crying} Everyone at Shake Rattle & Roll stood up & clapped! The ending was Amazing!!!! HE was a kind, good hearted & understanding person. HE cared! I will forever remember you PAT & all the great times we spent together talking about Rick Nelson!! He was also my friend. I’m sure you both are sharing your memories of all the times you spent together. Pat is also sharing memories with Juel Atkins. They were friends to! Rest in Peace My Friend……………..Thanks For ALL The Memories We Shared TOGETHER>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Rhonda Burich

  2. I knew Pat very well.he was a great friend.His voice was remarkable & especially when he sang Roy Orbinsons song {Crying} Everyone at Shake Rattle & Roll stood up & Pat was a kind, & A very understanding person. HE cared! I will forever remember you PAT & all the great times we spent together talking about Rick . Rest in Peace My Friend……………..Thanks For ALL The Memories We Shared TOGETHER>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Rhonda Burich

  3. IF YOU LIKED MY LAST COMMENTS ABUT PAT…PLEASE READ THIS COMPLETE STORY I HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL PERSON…

    THIS STORY IS ABOUT…PAT UPTON..WHAT A GREAT LOYAL PERSON HE WAS………………..

    It seems like YESTERDAY when I first met Pat & Bobby Neal. It was after Ricks Show in Barron, Wisconsin at The Barron High School Friday Night in 1983. I had never seen Bobby ever again. Their was a big 3 day Event called Shake Rattle & Roll which started in Eau. Claire, Wis. in 1986 at Fanny Hill. Their were manly groups & Entertainers that performed. Some were Jan & Dean, Freddy Cannon, Lou Christy, Chubby Checker, The Dixie Cups, The Shirelles, The Buckinghams, & Paul Revere & The Raiders just to name a few in the past 3 years. Thelir also were 50’s & 60’s Bands alon with a huge Car Show.

    Pat had been apart of Donnie Brooks Rock & Roll Show along with many other Entertrainers such as uel Atkens, Len Berry, Cub Koda, Screaming J. Hawkins, Tiny Tim, Mickey Dolzen, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, & The Tokens just to name a few. Donnie Brooks had hosted the show & sang his no. 1 song “Mission Bell” {I have on a 45} Soon after Len Berry {Who was lead singer of The Dovells} sang hid no. 1 song “1 2 3 ‘ Pat walked on the stage. He sang his signature song “I Love You More Today Than Yesterday” followed with “Crying” by Roy Orbison. I could hardly believe what I heard. His voice was so remarkable.I’ll never forget the sparkle in his eyes or the radient smile that was upon his face. He had an amazing voice-Outstanding Performance. I feel, well I Know..Pat had definite mastered this song to a perfection-definitely better than Roy ever did! The way Pat sang “Crying” I can still hear him YET TODAY even after ALL these years.

  4. [Story Continues}

    After the Show (That lasted 2 hours) we all had the opertunity to stand in the hot sun for 1-2 hours with 95 degree temps & high humidity in the autograph line. But it was ALL well worth it. When I reached Pat we said a few words & also had our picture taken. It was hard to talk as the line had to keep moving. Pat said, “I’ll be out to see you after autographs” I said,” I’m sitting..” Pat interrupted me with a smile & said, “I know where your sitting!” I said, “Where?” He said, “In the middle section, 4th row from the front.” I said, “Your right!” {I was so surprised that he seen me during the Concert & he STILL recognized me in that crowd especially after ALL those years.}

    When I reached my chair I was really excited! I told Roy & Weise that Pat was coming out to talk to me.They both didn’t believe me & Weise said,”Ya..Sure..Right” & chuckled. Roy just smiled & chuckled! Well, as I was talking to Roy, Weise said, “Your Friends Here!” I turned, as Pat was standing next to my chair in the isle with Juel Atkens. Then Pat introduced Juel, though shortly he left. Weise gave Pat her chair & Pat sat down next to me.We talked for a little while. Joey D. & The Starlighters took the stage. {If you could read lips..no problem) Pat watched some of the show then I thought he said, “I’ll see you later.” Although I wasn’t sure, as the Band was so loud,
    I smiled & said “OK”

    At 9:00 P.M. The Chrystal’s {Last group on Saturday Night} took the stage. I heard only 1 song & Juel had walked over & asked me “would you like to talk to Pat?” I said, “Yes I would.” He said, “OK..then hold my hand tightly & keep walking no matter what!” It wasn’t long & we reached the bus. As I stepped in, Juel was directly behind me.Pat was waiting for Juel to come back & finish their card game. Their also were other Entertainers on the bus. Not long & the game was over.

    Then Pat & I talked about Rock & Roll & Rick Nelson. Then I said, “Pat I believe in the GOOD in Rick” “What the reporters are saying about Rick are not true.” “I believed in my heart & I told people Rick was not Free Basing.””I know for a fact that he only smoked cigarettes. I also knew that smoke was trailing outside the plane from the left engine & that’s what brought the plane down.” “Free Basing Cocaine would not cause smoke to trail on the outside of the plane.
    Pat said, “Yes Rhonda you are right & also it was the heater that malfunctioned.” “It caught fire & the flames escaped along side of the plane & the left engine caught fire also.” I said, “Pat after the accident happened I went to {Wagners Bowling Alley} In Eau Claire, Wisconsin that next Friday Night. I told people hat I told YOU!”

    “They didn’t believe a word I said, they laughed & pointed their fingers at me.” “Word traveled fast that night as others were staring at me. .shaking their heads & laughing also. They ALL thought I was CRAZY!” But I stood by Rick, believed in him, trusted my feelings & I believed the news reports were wrong.!” I was going to defend him no matter what–what the price I had to pay. I strongly believed I was right & held on to that. I kept telling everyone I seen..where ever I went…what I knew was The Truth about Rick. {I did this ALL for Rick. } “somebody had to!” It hurt me terribly to see, how wrong ALL those people were & nobody believed me. Pat said,”Rhonda they won’t.” “Their is to much News Media out their & The Tabloids just take over.”
    That’s what The Public will believe.” “No matter how hard you try–they won’t listen to you.”{Pat was right} I said, “Pat maybe you could do something.” “You were his friend. Pat said, I was Ricks CLOSETS FRIEND. He looked at me deeply & said “We were very close.” “WE WERE LIKE THIS………….X!” I thought for a moment & said, “Pat can you in someway–somehow–could you go to the reporters & tell them the truth so this could be told on National TV {Do this for Rick & his family} “H can’t defend himself.” “The people half to know the truth. “”Maybe reports could be found to prove the real truth.” Then call the show “What Happened”

  5. {Story Continues}

    Pat looked at me in deep thought as tears fell down our cheeks. We both didn’t say anything for a few minutes. I knew at that moment I KNEW what I told Pat, was the was the right thing to do. Then I said, Maybe you could go on TV & tell them what you told me & everything we talked about tonight.”{Rick can’t defend himself} Their was another moment of silence.Pat didn’t say that he wold or he wouldn’t. But I knew it was sure something to think about. I

    It wasn’t long & a few more Entertainers had stepped on the bus. I knew it was only shortly & they would be leaving. In a few moments I stood up & said Goodbye to everyone, & to my surprise Mike Pineria stepped in the bus & was filming..including ME! I wonder what ever happened to that tape? I turned & as I stepped down, I looked at Pat one last time. Shortly I stepped off the bus & the door slowly shut. As the bus began to move, I waved as it passed by me. I felt as Rick did, waving his last GOODBYE. The saddest thing..is Rick didn’t know or did anyone else that night IT WAS HIS LAST GOODBYE……………………………

    As the bus reached the end of the road,I asked God to guide Pat in making the right decision.{I had my faith} Somehow I believed in Pat, like I believed in Rick & my heart told me that God would guide Pat in making the right decision & Pat wold come through for Rick. As I stood watching the bus reach the end of the road & the tail lights fade, my tears had fallen down my cheeks. I had my faith also in Pat THAT’S ALL I HAD LEFT….{(Now he was gone} Soon I reached my chair. Roy & Weise were waiting for me, as the Concert was over. We reached their car shortly. On our way home I thought about our conversation & Rick. I knew it would take time & time is all we had.

    A whole year had gone by. Still I wondered how Pat was & my thoughts about Rick that night. A few weeks later , on a Friday Night this show was debuting on TV at 7:00 P.M. It was about Rick & The Plane Accident. Their were reports & evidence, also a re-play of the plane crash. Pat was also on the show. He told the news Media everything we had talked about that night in the bus. The emotions were the same. I cried that night…& I cried again just one year later. I know it was hard for Pat to talk about Rick . But HE KNEW……it was the right thing to do..to go on TV. I was SO PROUD of him! He was their for Rick & his family. The truth was finialy out. Rick cold now REST IN PEACE….Thanks to Pat Upton & his Loyalty & all The True Reports from the reporters. I’m so glad I had the chance to talk to Pat & He Made The Miracle of my idea {For Rick} Possible.The show was called ‘WHAT HAPPENED’

    The Series had lasted a few months or more with other story’s & their accidents. Although Ricks plane crash was the 1st. Broadcast of the Series. I was never given any credit as this was my idea for The Series & It’s Series Name of”WHAT HAPPENED” But that didn’t matter just as long as The Truth came out about Rick & you know that’s what Mattered Most..was THE TRUTH & for me as they say…………………………”Well, that’s all she wrote!” & I’m happy with that & I wanted to tell my story for Rick & his family.

    As I wasn’t on TV>>>>I still had my dedication to Rick also. I went back to Wagners that night. I knew when I walked into the Bar, this was going to happen. A lot of people starred at me, but now…nobody was laughing or pointing their fingers as they once did! It was a complete different look. as if they were saying….”Their She Is!” I walked past a few people & I heard one person say to their friend, “We should have believed her” another said,”How did she know?” Their were also a lot of emotions filling the bar that night.{Later I seen Roy & Weise..Roy said, “You actually knew———this!” ” I just answered Yes!”}

    Now the tables were turned. Some people came up to me & apologized. I accepted..but I said, ” Now you find a way in your heart to apologize to Rick in Heaven for not believing in me & you ALL should of know what kind of person Rick was.” “If you knew, then you would of believed in Rick & also knew that I was telling the truth!” “Rick was a GOOD PERSON!” Then I walked away! {Do you blame ME?} I wasn’t hurting anymore..but felt a relief & the people were finialy listening to me. I did it ALL for Rick & I was still YET standing by his side!

    In 1992 {just 2 years later} Pat came back to Shake Rattle & Roll with The Donnie Brooks Show. I thanked him & told him how Very Proud I was of him & ALL he done for Rick. Now Rick can REST IN PEACE IN HEAVEN & his family can go on with their lives just knowing its finialy over. Pat agreed & he knew it was the sure thing to do. I stood their for a moment , took a deep breath & a tear had fallen from my eye & Pat gave me a hug. I knew in my heart that Rick was watching from above & he was proud of the both of us. The more I thought about this {Later….}
    I felt somehow it was meant to be–when I met Pat after Ricks Show..not knowing who … or who would ever know….or imagine..that just 2 years later, Rick wold be killed in a tradgic plane accident!

    since Rick &Pat were very close as fate has its ways..maybe Rick had his ways from above.
    Maybe, somehow {With Gods Help} guided Pat to be in Donnie Brooks Show & he had the importunity to perform at Shake Rattle & Roll. As Paul Harvey would say…”And You Know The Rest Of The Story” But I’ll leave that thought with you & you decide…… It wasn’t long & Pat had stepped on the stage & sang I\”I Love You More Today Than Yesterday” & “Crying” Again he had an Outstanding Performance. He looked into the crowd, & waved. Then as he walked off the stage.. He looked back at me & waved! As tear had fallen from my eye..I knew this would be the last time I would ever see him..ever more…………….. and then he was gone……….

    I wanted to share this Story with you In Honor of Pat. His Loyalty & ALL he did for Rick. Pat was a Kind, Considerate, Honest Person in so many ways. He had a LOVE & DEVOTION for his Music and that meant a lot to him. He respected Rick in ALL WAYS. His Loyalty came through for Rick knowing Something..Somehow ..in Someway..had to be done & knowingly he knew our conversation was right!

    I’m so happy & grateful to have known such a Wonderful Guy & A Great Entertainer that Pat was I’m sure he is playing with Rick in his Band in Heaven & they are certainly talking about ALL THE GOOD TIMES they had & catching up on all they missed in The Past 30 Years. Not only..but Pat is talking with many other Entertainers he knew just like his friend Juel Atkens & also Donnie Brooks. And just maybe they are having their own NEW Rock & Roll Show THEIR IN HEAVEN ABOVE.

    THEIR IS REALLY A ROCK & ROLL HEAVEN
    AND ROCK & ROLL WILL LIVE ON……………
    AND LAST FOREVER………………………………..

    We ALL Miss You Pat
    ]
    THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
    I’LL TREASURE THEM ALWAYS

    MY FRIEND
    REST IN PEACE

    Always you Friend…Rhonda Burich

    I wrote this complete Story of Pat. In orod for this to print,I used my friends e-mails as mine was having problems. To know the out come as I did see Pat one more time. Go into
    The Obituary formats on Google & click on Pat Upton WN Music.Then click on comments.

  6. {Story Continues}

    Pat looked at me in deep thought as tears fell down our cheeks. We both didn’t say anything for a few minutes. I knew at that moment I KNEW what I told Pat, was the was the right thing to do. Then I said, Maybe you could go on TV & tell them what you told me & everything we talked about tonight.”{Rick can’t defend himself} Their was another moment of silence.Pat didn’t say that he wold or he wouldn’t. But I knew it was sure something to think about. I

    It wasn’t long & a few more Entertainers had stepped on the bus. I knew it was only shortly & they would be leaving. In a few moments I stood up & said Goodbye to everyone, & to my surprise Mike Pineria stepped in the bus & was filming..including ME! I wonder what ever happened to that tape? I turned & as I stepped down, I looked at Pat one last time. Shortly I stepped off the bus & the door slowly shut. As the bus began to move, I waved as it passed by me. I felt as Rick did, waving his last GOODBYE. The saddest thing..is Rick didn’t know or did anyone else that night IT WAS HIS LAST GOODBYE……………………………

    As the bus reached the end of the road,I asked God to guide Pat in making the right decision.{I had my faith} Somehow I believed in Pat, like I believed in Rick & my heart told me that God would guide Pat in making the right decision & Pat wold come through for Rick. As I stood watching the bus reach the end of the road & the tail lights fade, my tears had fallen down my cheeks. I had my faith also in Pat THAT’S ALL I HAD LEFT….{(Now he was gone} Soon I reached my chair. Roy & Weise were waiting for me, as the Concert was over. We reached their car shortly. On our way home I thought about our conversation & Rick. I knew it would take time & time is all we had.

    A whole year had gone by. Still I wondered how Pat was & my thoughts about Rick that night. A few weeks later , on a Friday Night this show was debuting on TV at 7:00 P.M. It was about Rick & The Plane Accident. Their were reports & evidence, also a re-play of the plane crash. Pat was also on the show. He told the news Media everything we had talked about that night in the bus. The emotions were the same. I cried that night…& I cried again just one year later. I know it was hard for Pat to talk about Rick . But HE KNEW……it was the right thing to do..to go on TV. I was SO PROUD of him! He was their for Rick & his family. The truth was finialy out. Rick cold now REST IN PEACE….Thanks to Pat Upton & his Loyalty & all The True Reports from the reporters. I’m so glad I had the chance to talk to Pat & He Made The Miracle of my idea {For Rick} Possible.The show was called ‘WHAT HAPPENED’

    The Series had lasted a few months or more with other story’s & their accidents. Although Ricks plane crash was the 1st. Broadcast of the Series. I was never given any credit as this was my idea for The Series & It’s Series Name of”WHAT HAPPENED” But that didn’t matter just as long as The Truth came out about Rick & you know that’s what Mattered Most..was THE TRUTH & for me as they say…………………………”Well, that’s all she wrote!” & I’m happy with that & I wanted to tell my story for Rick & his family.

    As I wasn’t on TV>>>>I still had my dedication to Rick also. I went back to Wagners that night. I knew when I walked into the Bar, this was going to happen. A lot of people starred at me, but now…nobody was laughing or pointing their fingers as they once did! It was a complete different look. as if they were saying….”Their She Is!” I walked past a few people & I heard one person say to their friend, “We should have believed her” another said,”How did she know?” Their were also a lot of emotions filling the bar that night.{Later I seen Roy & Weise..Roy said, “You actually knew———this!” ” I just answered Yes!”}

    Now the tables were turned. Some people came up to me & apologized. I accepted..but I said, ” Now you find a way in your heart to apologize to Rick in Heaven for not believing in me & you ALL should of know what kind of person Rick was.” “If you knew, then you would of believed in Rick & also knew that I was telling the truth!” “Rick was a GOOD PERSON!” Then I walked away! {Do you blame ME?} I wasn’t hurting anymore..but felt a relief & the people were finialy listening to me. I did it ALL for Rick & I was still YET standing by his side!

    In 1992 {just 2 years later} Pat came back to Shake Rattle & Roll with The Donnie Brooks Show. I thanked him & told him how Very Proud I was of him & ALL he done for Rick. Now Rick can REST IN PEACE IN HEAVEN & his family can go on with their lives just knowing its finialy over. Pat agreed & he knew it was the sure thing to do. I stood their for a moment , took a deep breath & a tear had fallen from my eye & Pat gave me a hug. I knew in my heart that Rick was watching from above & he was proud of the both of us. The more I thought about this {Later….}
    I felt somehow it was meant to be–when I met Pat after Ricks Show..not knowing who … or who would ever know….or imagine..that just 2 years later, Rick wold be killed in a tradgic plane accident!

    since Rick &Pat were very close as fate has its ways..maybe Rick had his ways from above.
    Maybe, somehow {With Gods Help} guided Pat to be in Donnie Brooks Show & he had the importunity to perform at Shake Rattle & Roll. As Paul Harvey would say…”And You Know The Rest Of The Story” But I’ll leave that thought with you & you decide…… It wasn’t long & Pat had stepped on the stage & sang I\”I Love You More Today Than Yesterday” & “Crying” Again he had an Outstanding Performance. He looked into the crowd, & waved. Then as he walked off the stage.. He looked back at me & waved! As tear had fallen from my eye..I knew this would be the last time I would ever see him..ever more…………….. and then he was gone……….

    I wanted to share this Story with you In Honor of Pat. His Loyalty & ALL he did for Rick. Pat was a Kind, Considerate, Honest Person in so many ways. He had a LOVE & DEVOTION for his Music and that meant a lot to him. He respected Rick in ALL WAYS. His Loyalty came through for Rick knowing Something..Somehow ..in Someway..had to be done & knowingly he knew our conversation was right!

    I’m so happy & grateful to have known such a Wonderful Guy & A Great Entertainer that Pat was I’m sure he is playing with Rick in his Band in Heaven & they are certainly talking about ALL THE GOOD TIMES they had & catching up on all they missed in The Past 30 Years. Not only..but Pat is talking with many other Entertainers he knew just like his friend Juel Atkens & also Donnie Brooks. And just maybe they are having their own NEW Rock & Roll Show THEIR IN HEAVEN ABOVE.

    THEIR IS REALLY A ROCK & ROLL HEAVEN
    AND ROCK & ROLL WILL LIVE ON……………
    AND LAST FOREVER………………………………..

    We ALL Miss You Pat
    ]
    THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
    I’LL TREASURE THEM ALWAYS

    MY FRIEND
    REST IN PEACE

    Always you Friend…Rhonda Burich

    I wrote this complete Story of Pat. In orod for this to print,I used my friends e-mails as mine was having problems. To know the out come as I did see Pat one more time. Go into
    The Obituary formats on Google & click on Pat Upton WN Music.Then click on comments.

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