On this day in RI history: June 29, 1901 – Actor / singer Nelson Eddy was born in Providence



Oscar-nominated actor and singer Nelson Eddy was born in Providence on June 29, 1901. Eddy grew up in Pawtucket and New Bedford, where he sang in church choirs.

He began his career singing with the Philadelphia Opera Society in the 1920s and went on to perform in films, appearing in 19 musicals in the 1930s and 1940s. He appeared with co-star Jeannette McDonald in several films, including Oscar nominated “Naughty Marietta”, “Sweethearts” and “I Married an Angel”.

In addition to his film career, Eddy has recorded over 200 albums for RCA and Columbia Records. A true cross-artist, he has recorded opera, jazz and popular music. He also appeared in numerous radio and television shows at the peak of his career.

Eddy has won three gold records, has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and performed at President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s third inauguration. He died in 1967 from a cerebral hemorrhage. He is buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Lifestyle editor Ken Abrams writes about music for What’sUpNewp, SO RI, Folk Radio UK and more. He is also a Tuesday night DJ from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on WRIU 90.3 FM.

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