Before Jack Benny, Al Jolson, Ed Wynn, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Fred Allen. It was this banjo-eyed singer that stole the hearts of many audiences in the early 1930s. It was his expertise in vaudeville and things that were in the burlesque that catapulted Eddie's career into the radio stratosphere.
Eddie was born Edward Israel Iskowitz to Russian immigrants. His mother died soon after his birth and his father died of pneumonia a week after his mother's death. Little orphan Edward, grew up in the tenement houses in New York with his grandmother. He was placed in the lowly public schools, where the school register misspelled his last name, and put down, "Kanter." It was later on that Edward changed it to "Cantor." A frequent truant, hooligan, and cart napper, Edward befriended his future wife, Ida Tobias, who gave him the nickname "Eddie." It was during this time that little Eddie discovered his talent for singing. During school, he sang in the cafeteria. He admitted that performing was his version of "heat and food." It was here that Eddie decided that going into show business was his future.
During his late teens, Eddie got a job as a singing waiter on Coney Island, where he met Jimmy Durante, who was the restaurant's pianist. While working at the restaurant, Gus Edwards decided to have Eddie appear in one of his play. After his role in the play, a slew of jobs opened up for Eddie.
Eddie's air career took off when he appeared on Rudy Vallee's "Fleischmann Hour," which led to a four-week long tryout with Chase and Sanborn, who were looking to replace one of their actors. It wasn't long before Eddie's extreme talent took over the show, thus changing the name from the "Chase and Sanborn Show" to "The Eddy Cantor Show."
During it height of popularity, the show pulled off many publicity stunts, one being announcing Eddie Cantor for president, while people in the background chanted "We want Cantor! We want Cantor!" The stunt proved effective when Eddie received a ton of write-in votes for president. Click here to read more about Its Time To Smile
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Please enjoy these 77 old time radio episodes:
|01.15.1941||guest phil harris||
Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Eddie's opening monologue is about winter sports and skiing. Dina...
|02.05.1941||guest jinx falkenburg||
+ Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. It's Cantor's birthday...just how old is he? Eddie mentions tha...
|02.12.1941||guest joe di maggio||
+ Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Eddie's back from a desert vacation with a fine tan (he called ...
|02.19.1941||guest dr m sayle taylor||
+ Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Eddie's been shopping for items for his newly found baby boy. T...
|02.26.1941||guest john barrymore||
+Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Eddie's opening monologue is about the rainy weather in Los Ange...
|03.05.1941||guests humphrey bogart and hattie mcdaniel||
+Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Eddie's opening monologue is about California weather and the ne...
|03.12.1941||guest sidney toler||
+Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Eddie's opening monologue is about paying the income tax. Eddie ...
|03.26.1941||i r s tries to give eddie a refund||
+ Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. The program originates from New York. Eddie wants to do things,...
|04.02.1941||guest oscar levant||
+Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Eddie's opening monologue is about Deanna Durbin and the movies....
|04.23.1941||guest tallulah bankhead||
+ Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Eddie describes his new farm. He wants to open a theatre on the...
|04.30.1941||guests ezra stone and adelaide moffat||
+Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Eddie talks about his farm and still plans to put on a play in t...
|05.07.1941||guest john garfield||
+Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Eddie has just returned from the Kentucky Derby. Guest John Garf...
|05.14.1941||guest bob feller||
+ Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Eddie plans to play baseball against a team from The Jack Benny...
|06.04.1941||eddies life story||
+Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Al congratulates Eddie on his twenty-seventh wedding anniversary...
|06.25.1941||guest victor mature||
+Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Eddie's opening monologue is about summertime fashions for women...
|12.17.1941||guest boris karloff||
+Sponsored by: Ipana Sal Hepatica, Toushay Hand Lotion (not "Trushay"). Eddie appears as Santa Claus...
|04.01.1942||guest john charles thomas||
+Dinah Shore sings, "How About You?" Bert Gordon (as "The Mad Russian") sings opera!
|05.27.1942||guest gracie allen||
+Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica, Trushay. The program originates from Camp Elliot, San Diego. Gue...
|11.25.1942||guest jack benny||
+ Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Guest Jack Benny has a deal for Eddie. He wants Eddie's cast to...
|12.23.1942||guest ida lupino|
|01.06.1943||guest tommy dorsey|
|01.20.1943||guests george raft and george w holley||
+Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Everyone's in the Army but Eddie; he tried to enlist in the Mari...
|01.27.1943||guests rudy vallee jimmy mchugh betty hutton||
+ Sponsored by: Ipana Toothpaste (you've got to turn in an old tube to get a new one). Eddie went to...
|02.03.1943||guest adolphe menjou||
+ Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica. Eddie's opening monologue is about his meeting with Henry Kaise...
|03.31.1943||guest edward g robinson||
+Sponsored by: Ipana, Sal Hepatica, Trushay. 9:00 P. M. The program begins with Harry reading a tele...