Showing posts with label MGM. Show all posts
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

June 29: Happy Birthday Nelson Eddy

A baritone that could sweep the hearts of bubble gum chewing teenagers to older women was Nelson Eddy. Born June 29, 1901, this classically trained crooner led four decades of entertaining people through radio, movies and live concerts. Most people will remember him for his time spent filming a number of movies opposite Jeanette MacDonald.

The first notice of Eddy singing (besides early years being fired for crooning on the job Nelson Eddy would hit the Hollywood scene and contract with MGM to make almost 20 motion pictures. His on-screen performances were as well received as his nightclub performances. Eddy made over 600 on-air radio appearances.
) was a tenor in a church boys choir. During his teens he became a trained singer of the opera genre. His talent drew him attention when he won a singing competition in Philadelphia. Throughout the 20’s and into the early 30’s, Eddy could be seen in some of the more impressive opera houses around the country. By 1933,

Nelson Eddy would host The The Voice of Firestone in 1936, The Chase and Sanborn Hour from 1937-1939 and his own program with CBS from 1947-1948. Nelson Eddy drew acclaim for his rendition of “Shortenin’ Bread” with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on the Sanborn radio program. In the late 40’s he performed on the Lux Radio Theatre broadcast alongside of Cecil Demille. Nelson Eddy would also be heard on the Alan Young Show, as well as perform a few other operas on-air. In 1967, Eddy died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Monday, May 20, 2013

May 20: Happy Birthday, Jimmy Stewart

It's only natural that a man with a voice as distinctive as Jimmy Stewart's would have a good time with radio. Of course he's known as a huge movie star, but he spent more than his share of time in front of a radio microphone as well.

Stewart, whose birthday we celebrate today, made frequent appearances on classic radio mainstays such as Screen Guild Theater, Lux Radio Theater, and Silver Theater. He also starred in Six Shooter from 1952-'54.

Some of the productions to which Stewart lent his talents on air include "It's a Wonderful Life," "Winchester '73," and "Destry Rides Again."

Later he would host a show called "Good News," a promotional venture for MGM. On this show, he'd interview MGM stars with upcoming films. So next time the name Jimmy Stewart comes up, remember his radio career and that he wasn't just a movie star.