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Al Jolson (born Asa Yoelson; May 26, 1886 – October 23, 1950) was an American singer, film actor, and comedian. At the peak of his career, he was dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer".[1]

His performing style was brash and extroverted, and he popularized a large number of songs that benefited from his "shamelessly sentimental, melodramatic approach".[2] Numerous well-known singers were influenced by his music, including Bing Crosby[3] David Bowie,[4] Bob Dylan and others, Dylan once referred to him as "somebody whose life I can feel".[5] Broadway critic Gilbert Seldes compared him to the Greek god Pan, claiming that Jolson represented "the concentration of our national health and gaiety."[6]

In the 1930s, he was America's most famous and highest-paid entertainer.[7] Between 1911 and 1928, Jolson had nine sell-out Winter Garden shows in a row, more than 80 hit records, and 16 national and international tours. Although he's best remembered today as the star of the first 'talking picture', The Jazz Singer (1927), he later starred in a series of successful musical films throughout the 1930s. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jolson became the first star to entertain troops overseas during World War II. After a period of inactivity, his stardom returned with The Jolson Story (1946). Larry Parks played Jolson, with the singer dubbing for Parks. The formula was repeated in the sequel, Jolson Sings Again (1949). In 1950 he again became the first star to entertain GIs on active service in the Korean War, performing 42 shows in 16 days. He died just weeks after returning to the U.S., partly owing to the physical exertion of performing. Defense Secretary George Marshall afterward awarded the Medal of Merit to Jolson's family.

According to the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, "Jolson was to jazz, blues, and ragtime what Elvis Presley was to rock 'n' roll." Being the first popular singer to make a spectacular "event" out of singing a song, he became a “rock star” before the dawn of rock music. His specialty was performing on stage runways extending out into the audience. He would run up and down the runway and across the stage, "teasing, cajoling, and thrilling the audience," often stopping to sing to individual members; all the while the "perspiration would be pouring from his face, and the entire audience would get caught up in the ecstasy of his performance." According to music historian Larry Stempel, "No one had heard anything quite like it before on Broadway." Author Stephen Banfield agreed, writing that Jolson's style was "arguably the single most important factor in defining the modern musical...."[6]

He enjoyed performing in blackface makeup, a theatrical convention since the mid 19th century. With his unique and dynamic style of singing black music, such as jazz and blues, he was later credited with single-handedly introducing African-American music to white audiences.[1] As early as 1911 he became known for fighting against anti-black discrimination on Broadway.



Manufacturer Product Image Item Name Price
UK AL JOLSON - CANTOR - BRUNSWICK B 0183 { 216

AL JOLSON - CANTOR - BRUNSWICK B 0183 { 216

BRUNSWICK  B 0183    78  RPM SIDE  1 CANTOR  FOR  THE  SABBATH SIDE  2    KOL  NIDREL DISC            E+   LABELS      E +    UK  PRESSING  ...
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UK AL JOLSON - QUARTET TO NINE - BRUNSWICK - 1948

AL JOLSON - QUARTET TO NINE - BRUNSWICK - 1948

AL  JOLSON     A .   ABOUT  A  QUARTER  TO  NINE   B.   THERES  A  RAINBOW  ROUND  MY  SHOULDER   BRUNSWICK  04144         UK     PRESSING DISC...
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USA AL JOLSON - DECCA 23714 [ 764

AL JOLSON - DECCA 23714 [ 764

78  RPM   AL  JOLSON        A .   AVALON    B.  ANNIVERSARY  SONG     DECCA  23714 DISC  CONDITION      E+ LABELS   E  SMALL  STICKER  ONE ...
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AUSTRALIA Al Jolson - Sonny Boy - Brunswick Australia

Al Jolson - Sonny Boy - Brunswick Australia

# 2929 78  RPM  Al Jolson        Brunswick  4033       AUSTRALIAN...
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UK AL JOLSON - To my Mammy - BRUNSWICK UK - 874

AL JOLSON - To my Mammy - BRUNSWICK UK - 874

AL  JOLSON         A .   TO  MY  MAMMY  B.   WHEN  THE  LITTLE  RED  ROSES GET  THE  BLUES  FOR  YOU   BRUNSWICK  1060  DISC  CONDITION      E ...
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UK Al Jolson - Waiting for the Robert E Lee - Brunswick UK

Al Jolson - Waiting for the Robert E Lee - Brunswick UK

2849 & 9598 RARE  78  RPM     -  10  INCH Al  Jolson     Waiting  for the...
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UK Al Jolson - Anniversary Song - Brunswick 03702

Al Jolson - Anniversary Song - Brunswick 03702

# 4831 & 10449 78  RPM  Al Jolson Brunswick 03702      UK  PRESSING SIDE  1  -  Anniversary...
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UK Al Jolson - California here I come - Brunswick 03179

Al Jolson - California here I come - Brunswick 03179

9599 10  Inch  -  78  RPM  Al Jolson  1. California here I come 2. Rock-a-bye your Baby with a Dixie Melody ...
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UK Al Jolson - I only have eyes for you - Brunswick 04379

Al Jolson - I only have eyes for you - Brunswick 04379

9600 10  Inch  -  78  RPM  Al Jolson 1. I only have eyes for you 2. Is it true what they say about Dixie ...
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UK Al Jolson - Some enchanted evening - Brunswick 04813

Al Jolson - Some enchanted evening - Brunswick 04813

9592 10  Inch  -  78  RPM  Al Jolson 1. Some enchanted evening 2. I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair  ...
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