Wayne Nelson (born June 1, 1950 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American musician best known for being a member of the famed Australian rock band, Little River Band.
Shortly after his birth in Kansas City, Nelson's family moved to Rome, Illinois, a suburb of Peoria, Illinois. During his teenage years and early twenties, Nelson played in various regional bands around the Chicago area, emulating multiple styles but focusing on rhythm and blues.
In the late 70's, Nelson moved to Los Angeles and worked with artists including Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina. While in Messina's band and opening for Little River Band, LRB's management invited Nelson to join the famed Australian band and he officially became a member in April 1980. In addition to playing bass, Nelson was the lead singer of the band's hit "The Night Owls". He was absent from the band between 1996 and 1999. 1
Wayne Nelson continues to tour with Little River Band today as lead singer and bass guitarist. He makes his home in Las Vegas, Nevada.