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 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.
Prior to joining the Hit Parade TV show, she had starred on the show's radio version.: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.
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