He became known as the Husband of Harriet Nelson in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, a radio and television series.
In 1935, Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra released "And Then Some", which became a #1 hit for one week on the U.S. pop singles chart.
His son Ricky Nelson appeared on the sitcom with him, and later went on to become a famous singer and actor.
While in college, he made a living by playing saxophone and coaching football; he funded his band by collecting the front pages of newspapers and returning them to the newspaper offices as unsold.
He married vocalist Harriet Hilliard in 1935 and they had a son named David in 1936 and another one named Eric "Ricky" in 1940.
- The meaning of the name Nelson: Son Of Neil Or Nell