by Bob Thomas
November 18, 1946
Hollywood, Nov. 18, (AP) — Mammy’s little baby loves shortnin’ bread, and so does Nelson Eddy now after years of singing the darn song.
In recent years Eddy and shortnin’ bread have become as closely associated as Red Skelton and “I Dood It,” or salt and peanuts. Only just recently did Nelson try the pastry.
A cook in northern California heard he was to be her guest, so she whipped up some.
“You know, it tastes pretty good,” Nelson said.
The blonde baritone has a woodenhead to thank for associating him with the song. “I guess Charlie McCarthy started it all,” he said. After that it spread like wildfire. Eddie Cantor claimed he was the man who put the raisins s in Eddy’s shortnin’ bread. And now Jack Benny avers that his infamous quartet is taking lessons from the coach who taught Eddy the song.
Nelson is not at all perturbed about such tomfollery, as some artists might be. In fact, he takes it with a grain of salt (plus three cups of flour, sugar, shortening, etc., and baked in a slow oven). He was jovial as he discussed it on the set of his Republic picture which is now called “Untitled” [released as Northwest Outpost], but may receive a more descriptive name.
The proof of the pudding occurs at Eddy’s concerts where, he said, someone always yells a request for “Shortnin’ Bread.” But Nelson doesn’t mind. The time to worry in this business, as he well knows, is when they stop yelling.