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In the 1950s, Nelson was the mystery guest several times on TV’s “What’s My Line?” hosted by John Daly. Courtesy Ginny Sayre.
In 1951, Eddy guest-starred on several episodes of The Alan Young Show on CBS. In 1952 he taped a pilot for a sitcom, “Nelson Eddy’s Backyard,” with Jan Clayton, but it failed to find a network slot.
On 11/12/52 he surprised Jeanette when she was the subject of Ralph Edwards’ “This Is Your Life.” On 11/30/52 he was Ed Sullivan’s guest on “Toast of the Town.”
During the next decade he guested on “Make Room for Daddy,” Danny Thomas’s sitcom, and on variety programs such as 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 7/7/55, Eddy, in splendid voice, starred in Max Liebman’s 90-minute live-TV version of Romberg’s “The Desert Song” on NBC, which featured Gale Sherwood, Met Opera basso Salvatore Baccaloni, veteran film actor Otto Kruger, and the dance team of Bambi Lynn and Rod Alexander.
On December 31, 1966, a few months before his death, Nelson and Gale Sherwood sang fifteen songs on Guy Lombardo’s traditional New Year’s Eve program, telecast from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.
A more complete list of Nelson’s television appearances can be found in:
Kiner, Larry, Nelson Eddy: A Bio-Discography, Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, NJ, 1992.