QUESTION: Nelson Eddy sang at which of Franklin Roosevelt's inaugurations?
A) His first
B) His second
C) His third
D) His fourth
Space restraints prohibit the American Treasure Tour writing team from condensing all the valuable information about Nelson Eddy, Jeanette McDonald, and their album "Sweethearts" into one mere blog post. For better or worse, we will be explaining this monumental achievement over the course of a few days. No more than thirty, we promise. We will begin with the first name on the album, that of Nelson Eddy.
Born in 1901 Rhode Island, Nelson Eddy's father was a machinist and toolmaker, trades in which the young Nelson likely found little appeal. He tended more to gravitate towards the church choir, where he sang with his mother. Fourteen when his parents divorced, Eddy was forced to drop out of high school to go to work to put food on the table. He found employment in a steel mill and as a reporter. One of his jobs was as a copywriter for the famed L.W. Ayer advertising company. He got fired because he sang too much. He taught himself to sing by mimicking opera singers and, in 1924, won a singing competition that gave him a chance to appear with the Philadelphia Civic Opera Company. That was the break he needed. Using his rich baritone voice, Eddy sang numerous operas and became a recognized singer before he debuted in film in 1933. Between then and 1947, Eddy starred in nineteen movies and recorded numerous records. He also became prominent in radio (with over six hundred 'appearances') and would eventually be a familiar face on television as well. For a time, he was the highest-paid singer in the United States. Of his nineteen films, he costarred with the soprano Jeanette McDonald in eight of them.
ANSWER: C) His third, in 1941