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Wayne Nelson (born June 1, 1950 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American musician best known for being a member of the rock band Little River Band.
Shortly after his birth, Nelson's family moved to Rome, Illinois, a suburb of Peoria, Illinois. 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.
In the late 1970s, Nelson moved to Los Angeles and worked with artists including Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina. He toured with many artists, including John Farnham. While in Messina's band and opening for Little River Band, LRB's management invited Nelson to join the Australian band and he officially became a member in April 1980. In addition to playing bass, he was the lead singer of the band's hit "The Night Owls". He was absent from the band from 1996 to 1999.
Nelson continues to tour as lead singer and bass guitarist with a band which legally owns the Little River Band name. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.