Eileen Wilson

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Eileen Wilson was one of the original stars of the television show Your Hit Parade, on NBC.[1] She starred on the show from 1950 until 1952.

Early years[edit]

Wilson's parents were Lieutenant Commander and Mrs. W.W. Eshelman of San Diego, California. She went to schools in New York City and in California[2] and received a bachelor's degree in music at the University of California, Los Angeles. During her years in college, she sang on a radio station in Los Angeles, California, and changed her name to Eileen Wilson, taking her voice coach's last name.[3]


Wilson was one of the singers featured on The Bob Crosby Show[4]:47 and the Beulah program, both on radio.[4]

Prior to joining the Hit Parade TV show, she had starred on the show's radio version.[4]:362 For part of the time she sang on the radio show, her co-star was Frank Sinatra. Before her Hit Parade years, Wilson sang with the Skitch Henderson and Les Brown orchestras. Her husband, Ray Kellogg, also sang with the Henderson and Brown orchestras.

In 1952, Wilson was replaced on Your Hit Parade by singer June Valli. Valli sang on the show for one season, and was replaced by singer Gisele MacKenzie.

Wilson's voice was dubbed for that of Ava Gardner in singing scenes in two films, One Touch of Venus and The Hucksters.[3]


  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 1209.
  2. ^ "Radio-Television". Altoona Tribune. Pennsylvania, Altoona. May 2, 1950. p. 19. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b Barron, Mark (February 21, 1951). "Eileen Wilson, Ava Gardner's Screen Voice, Is A Singer In Her Own Right". Denton Record-Chronicle. Texas, Denton. Associated Press. p. 4. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 218.

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