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Nelson Ackerman Eddy (June 29, 1901 – March 6, 1967) was an American singer and actor who appeared in 19 musical films during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as in opera and on the concert stage, radio, television, and in nightclubs. A classically trained baritone, he is best remembered for the eight films in which he costarred with soprano Jeanette MacDonald. He was one of the first "crossover" stars, a superstar appealing both to shrieking bobby-soxers as well as opera purists, and in his heyday was the highest paid singer in the world.
During his 40-year career, he earned three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (one each for film, recording, and radio), left his footprints in the wet cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater, earned three Gold records, and was invited to sing at the third inauguration of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941. He also introduced millions of young Americans to classical music and inspired many of them to pursue a musical career.
Eddy began his more than 600 radio appearances in the mid-1920s. The first may have been on December 26, 1924 at station WOO in Philadelphia. Besides his many guest appearances, he hosted The Voice of Firestone (1936), Vicks Open House (1936), The Chase and Sanborn Hour (1937–1939), and Kraft Music Hall (1947–1948). He had his own show on CBS in 1942–1943. Eddy frequently used his radio shows to advance the careers of promising young singers. While his programs often featured "serious" music, they were never straitlaced. It was in a series of comedy routines with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on the Chase and Sanborn Hour that Eddy's name became associated with the song "Shortnin' Bread", which was also included in the film Maytime.
On March 31, 1933 he performed the role of Gurnemanz in a broadcast of Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal with Rose Bampton, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. During the 1940s, he was a frequent guest on Lux Radio Theater with Cecil B. DeMille, performing radio versions of Eddy's popular films. In 1951, Eddy guest-starred on several episodes of The Alan Young Show on CBS-TV. In 1952, he recorded a pilot for a sitcom, Nelson Eddy's Backyard, with Jan Clayton, but it failed to find a network slot. On November 12, 1952, he surprised his former co-star Jeanette MacDonald when she was the subject of Ralph Edwards' This Is Your Life. On November 30, 1952, Eddy was Ed Sullivan's guest on Toast of the Town.
During the next decade he guest starred on Danny Thomas's sitcom Make Room for Daddy and on variety programs such as The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Bob Hope Show, The Edgar Bergen Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Spike Jones Show, The Rosemary Clooney Show, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, and The Big Record with Patti Page. He was a frequent guest on talk shows, including The Merv Griffin Show and The Tonight Show with Jack Paar.
On May 7, 1955, Eddy starred in Max Liebman's 90-minute, live-TV version of Sigmund Romberg's The Desert Song on NBC-TV. It featured Gale Sherwood, Metropolitan Opera bass Salvatore Baccaloni, veteran film actor Otto Kruger, and the dance team of Bambi Linn and Rod Alexander.
On December 31, 1966, a few months before his death, Eddy and his nightclub partner, Gale Sherwood, sang 15 songs on Guy Lombardo's traditional New Year's Eve program, telecast from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 44-10-11 (004) First Song - The Girl
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 44-10-18 (005) First Song - Drums In My Heart
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 44-10-25 (006) First Song - Anchors Away
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 44-11-01 (007) First Song - Your Land And My Land
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 44-11-08 (008) First Song - Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 44-12-13 (013) First Song - There's Something About A Soldier
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 44-12-17 (014) First Song - Up On Our Wing
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 44-12-24 (015) First Song - Hear Ye Time Of Holy Days
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 44-12-31 (016) First Song - West Point Song
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 45-01-14 (018) First Song - Wild Rose
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 45-01-21 (019) First Song - Rosalie
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 45-04-22 (032) First Song - I Married An Angel
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 45-09-02 (051) First Song - You're A Grand Old Flag (AFRS)
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 45-12-16 (066) First Song - Song Of The Mounties
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 46-01-06 (069) First Song - Valencia
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 46-02-17 (075) Jeanette McDonald Hosts
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 46-04-07 (082) First Song - Soldier Of Fortune
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 46-05-05 (086) First Song - March Of The Musketeers
Nelson Eddy - The Electric Hour 46-06-02 (090) First Song - The Ranger Song
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