Nelson, Ozzie, 1906-1975

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Nelson, a band leader and radio and television actor, formed his big band, Ozzie Nelson and his Orchestra, in the 1930s. He hired singer and film actress, Harriet Hilliard as vocalist, and in 1935 Ozzie and Harriet married. The Orchestra played on the radio and Ozzie and Harriet began appearing on radio programs including the "Red Skelton Show."

In 1944 they started their own comedy radio program, "Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" which depicted their own family life and featured their two sons, David and Ricky. The show moved to television in 1952 and lasted until 1966. Ricky later became a popular rock singer and David a film and television producer.

From the description of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson Papers, 1937-1963. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 30210838

Nelson, a band leader and radio and television actor, formed his big band, Ozzie Nelson and his Orchestra, in the 1930s. He hired singer and film actress, Harriet Hilliard as vocalist, and in 1935 Ozzie and Harriet married. The Orchestra played on the radio and Ozzie and Harriet began appearing on radio programs including the "Red Skelton Show."

In 1944 they started their own comedy radio program, "Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" which depicted their own family life and featured their two sons, David and Ricky. The show moved to television in 1952 and lasted until 1966. Ricky later became a popular rock singer and David a film and television producer.

From the guide to the Ozzie and Harriet Nelson papers, 1937-1963, (University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.)

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creatorOf Nelson, Ozzie, 1906-1975. Ozzie and Harriet Nelson Papers, 1937-1963. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Ozzie and Harriet Nelson papers, 1937-1963 University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Rutgers University. Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. Records of the Rutgers University Centennial Football Game Committee, 1967-1971. Rutgers University
referencedIn The Railroad hour, radio program [sound recording], 1948-1954 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Nelson, Ozzie, 1906-1975. The adventures of Ozzie and Harriet : televsion play. "Brother Beesley's philosophy. #2725. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn Inventory to the Records of the Centennial Football Game Committee, 1967-1971 Rutgers University Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives.
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associatedWith Nelson, David, 1936- person
associatedWith Nelson, David, 1936-2011. person
associatedWith Nelson family. family
associatedWith Nelson Family family
associatedWith Nelson, Harriet person
associatedWith Nelson, Harriet. person
associatedWith Nelson, Rick, 1940-1985. person
associatedWith Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra. corporateBody
associatedWith Railroad Hour Radio Program corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Department of Athletics. Centennial Football Game Committee corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. corporateBody
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
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Big bands
Big bands--United States
Big band music
Radio comedies
Television comedies
Radio programs--United States
Television comedies--United States
Radio comedies--United States
Radio programs
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Musicians
Actors
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Birth 1906-03-20

Death 1975-06-03

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