Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Ozzie Nelson Formula

Ozzie Nelson may not have intended to create a teen sensation with his son, Ricky, but that's indeed what happened. Ricky began performing on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and became a sensation, starting a career in the music business.

The success was not unnoticed. Nobody on The Donna Reed Show was related, but that didn't stop them from trying to replicate Ozzie and Harriet Nelson's success. The show promoted both Shelly Fabares and Paul Peterson as singing stars. In this instance, only Shelly found success, singing the classic "Johnny Angel".

Another envious "celebrity" was Arch Hall, Sr. who would do virtually anything to get his son a recording contract. Unable to use a weekly television show to launch his son's career, he instead produced low budget Z-Grade films featuring his son. He never gained the success he had hoped for.