Before starring on Green Acres, Eddie Albert wanted to be a singer

For Albert, the attention he gained from the role was the push he needed to fulfill his lifelong dream.

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When you're a multitalented celebrity, it becomes easier to find work.

However, when they thrive in one industry, like television, some fans automatically assume they're living out their dreams. In reality, sometimes being on TV is a placeholder for their real goals.

Eddie Albert was one of the stars on Green Acres, alongside Eva Gabor. He played Oliver Wendell Douglas, a New York attorney who moved him and his wife from the city to farm life.

He also appeared on many classic sitcoms like Petticoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies and more. Yet, being an actor was the stepping stone he needed to become a singer.

In an interview with Sunday News in 1966, the actor made it clear that he would've been a singer if he had the choice. "I would rather be a singer than an actor," he said. "I've had to do the Green Acres TV show in order to become a singing personality."

His success on the show brought a lot of attention to him as a celebrity, and instead of shying away from it, Albert used it to fulfill his musical dreams. Although this was a good thing, it did seem to upset the actor. He felt that since he had singing experience before the show, he should've been thriving in music.

"Why, I was a singer on the radio long before TV came along," he revealed. "It was a song show, Grace and Eddie, that led to [me] getting the big part in the original Broadway production of Brother Rat that made me an actor. That's what I've been ever since."

Albert and the rest of the cast sang the theme song to the classic Green Acres series. He believed that no one worked harder than him to be a singer. "I don't think anybody alive has worked as hard as I have to be a singer. I'm still not a good one. But I'm better than I was."

Later that summer, he was set to make a 12-track album in Nashville, which included the "Green Acres" single, under a new recording contract.

To Albert, Nashville was the center of the recording world.

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bagandwallyfan52 15 months ago
Happy Birthday To
Marlo Thomas
November 21 1937
That GIRL
Ann Marie
Mike 15 months ago
Before he signed up for Green Acres, Eddie Albert did a few national tours as Prof. Harold Hill in The Music Man - even played the part on Broadway for a spell.
That's singing ... isn't it?
cripplious Mike 11 months ago
Hill's part is more fast talking than actually carrying a tune.
MarkSpeck 15 months ago
Eddie Albert made records! I have two albums by him, one on the Dot label (High Upon a Mountain) and one on Columbia (The Eddie Albert Album, which was infamously featured in the Letterman bit Dave's Record Collection), and singles on Hickory and Columbia.
JHP 15 months ago
a name to throw out there

dick chevillat - he did some of the Harris and Faye (YUMMO!) old time radio eps
cperrynaples JHP 15 months ago
Yeah, the guy Lisa thinks is an automobile...LOL! They just showed the one where the Monroes get a credit for their work and Eb talked out of sync! No wonder Oliver thought he was in the Twilight Zone...LOL again!
MarkSpeck cperrynaples 15 months ago
"Olivah...do you know anyone named Jay Sommers or Dick Chevrolet? I dreamed their names were over us!"
cperrynaples MarkSpeck 15 months ago
Yep, and when the director's name appeared on Mr. Haney's truck he said "Who's he?"...LOL!
MrsPhilHarris cperrynaples 15 months ago
Yeah that episode was a good one! Lots of laughs.
LoveMETV22 MarkSpeck 15 months ago
Love the outtakes they did for "Green Acres" to promote the show. They were hillarious.
No Twilight ZONE for me.I would rather be in The Sitcom Zone .
Klink 15 months ago
Arnold Ziffel episodes are great
Wufferduck 15 months ago
Proof that Hollywood is totally lame. Green acres was ahead of his time. Great cast great writing great inside jokes. It was a show that didn’t take itself seriously. Always loved the inside jokes with the credits. We need shows like that now. Just totally silly!!
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Wufferduck MrsPhilHarris 15 months ago
I was hoping you were related. I understand. He was a very fun guy. Especially with Bing Crosby. But I’m sure you’re a very sweet person.
MrsPhilHarris Wufferduck 15 months ago
Yes he and Bing enjoyed hunting together. I’ve seen clips of them on The American Sportsman. I get a kick out of his radio show.
Wufferduck MrsPhilHarris 15 months ago
I love when they were playing golf at the Bing Crosby Pro-Am. They were funny. Great team.
MrsPhilHarris Wufferduck 15 months ago
Yes I’ve seen some clips of the golf too. Looks like they really had a lot of fun. I’ve read that Phil was one of the few people that Bing called a friend.
eugenebelvinandmoosefan8 15 months ago
GREEN ACRES IS THE FUNNIEST SITCOM OF
ALL TIME AND EDDIE ALBERT WAS THE PERFECT CHOICE TO PLAY OLIVER
WENDELL DOUGLAS.HE WAS ZN EXCELLENT ACTOR AND SINGER.
PAT BUTTRAM AS MR .HANEY,ALVY
MOORE AS HANK KIMBALL AND THE ENTIRE CAST OF GREEN ACRES WAS WONDERFUL 👍😊
HOOTERVILLE AND MAYBERRY WERE WONDERFUL TV TOWNS.
I WISH THAT ALL TOWNS WERE LIKE
HOOTERVILLE AND MAYBERRY.
a side note - Eddie Albert was a perfect villain in Colombo ,,,,and then there was Suzanne Pleshette
justjeff 15 months ago
"Albert and the rest of the cast sang the theme song to the classic Green Acres series."

Oh, really? on my TV it shows just Eddie and Eva. Another deep-dive into inaccuracy by the MeTV writing staff...

HOWEVER... let's explore some additional lyrics (courtesy of "yours truly") IF the rest of the cast had musical lines...

HANEY:
Yes, Mr. Douglas "bought the farm"
To buy it, I didn't need to twist his arm
I - love to sell what I find in trash
Don't you tell him, but I really dig his cash

KIMBALL:
Mr. Douglas seems to be sincere
About settling down and farming here
I'll offer him some good advice
That is, well, uh, you see - what was that advice?
Anyway, I'm sure it's nice...

DRUCKER:
Mr. Douglas come down to my store
For groceries, seed and feed
And so much more
There's just one thing I wish he wouldn't do
The long-winded speeches that bore the heck outta you

OK, so those are NOT award-winning lyrics... I'm just poking fun at the assumption the writers made on WHO sang the theme song...
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justjeff LoveMETV22 15 months ago
Either way, I'll take it!
LoveMETV22 justjeff 15 months ago
Just funning with ya justjeff, LOL. We all make typo's, even "MeTV."
justjeff LoveMETV22 15 months ago
I make more than they do... I just try harder to catch them before "going to print"...
LoveMETV22 justjeff 15 months ago
I do too. If nothing else, it sharpens our grammatical skills. However the earth hasn't stopped spinning when any of us make a typo. LOL!
Pacificsun 15 months ago
He sang the opening title credits, right. I thought he had a good voice.
JHP 15 months ago
if I ever need to a deep gut laugh - its Green Acres by far

non stop humor:):):)

Loved Mr Haney - that character mirrors some marketers in the present time for sure
amylovestv 15 months ago
His son Edward & and his granddaughter Tai are also amazing singers!
daDoctah 15 months ago
Funny, I don't remember him doing any singing when he was in "Oklahoma!"
hammster daDoctah 11 months ago
I heard Eddie Albert mention that in an interview He said he got the part in Oklahoma because he sang but they ended up cutting his song out of the movie.
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