“The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet:” The Drama Behind America’s Favorite Family

Ozzie Falls For A Showgirl

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Following his “big break” in 1930, Ozzie and his band, Ozzie Nelson Band, recorded with several labels including Brunswick, Vocalion, Bluebird, and Victor. In the early 1930s, their hit song “Over Somebody Else’s Shoulder” helped them maintain their growing popularity. Around this time, a vaudeville actress named Peggy Lou Snyder was performing in New York City.

Ozzie’s and Peggy’s paths would cross eventually and Ozzie hired Peggy to perform with his band. Changing her name to Harriet Hilliard, she helped skyrocket the band’s success with her perky vocals. The band’s number one hit “And Then Some” was number one for a whole week on the U.S. pop singles chart in 1935.