Ozzie Nelson was Red Skelton's bandleader on the popular radio series The Red Skelton Show. Ozzie's wife, Harriet Hilliard, was Skelton's singer. When Skelton was drafted in March 1944, Ozzie was prompted to create his own family sitcom radio series. The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet launched on CBS radio on October 8, 1944 and made a midseason switch to NBC in 1949. It starred Ozzie as the head of the Nelson household, which included his wife, Harriet, and their two boys, David and Ricky.
From medicine shows to minstrel tours, circuses, riverboat shows, vaudeville, burlesque, radio, television, and movies, Red Skelton did it all! And for a comic best remembered by the television generation for his physical comedy, he was quite adept at well-honed, character-driven verbal comedy on the radio.