October 8, 1935: The band leader Ozzie Nelson and the singer Harriet Hilliard were married on this day. Their wedding became a significant moment in radio history. Nine years later, they made history again.
Ozzie started his entertainment career as a band leader. He formed and led the Ozzie Nelson Band, with some initial limited success. Ozzie and Harriet Hilliard had two children from their marriage. David (1936–2011), became an actor and director. Eric ("Ricky") (1940–1985), became an actor and singer.
In the 1940's, Nelson needed to spend more time with his family, especially his growing sons. He started a new career with Harriet on Red Skelton's radio show. Later he developed and produced his own radio series that starred his son.