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AL JOLSON

Al Jolson was born in Lithuania, although his exact birth date is uncertain. His family immigrated to the United States in 1895 and lived in impoverished circumstances in Washington, D.C. where his father was a cantor. Asa ran away as a teenager to join his brother, who had changed his name to Harry Jolson, and was soon working in vaudeville. In 1909 Al Jolson appeared for the first time in black face, singing “Mammy” to great applause.

His first Broadway success was in the show La Belle Paree (1911) where he began as a bit player and became the star. He referred to himself as “The World’s Greatest Entertainer” and became the theater’s first “super star.” His impromptu style and rapport with audiences was unquestionable and even though his ego irritated others, his influence has been acknowledged throughout the decades by scores of entertainers. His long and successful career as a recording artist and in theater, films, and radio lasted until 1941 when he went into semi-retirement.

In 1927 Jolson starred in the first “talking picture,” The Jazz Singer, which launched his film career. Two films have been made of his life--The Jolson Story (1946) and Jolson Sings Again (1949)—and Jolson: the Musical was produced in London in 1995 and subsequently toured the U.S. and Canada. Jolson also had his own radio show in the early ‘30s. He introduced the jazz standard “After You’ve Gone,” and many other songs, such as “Swanee,” “Sonny Boy,” “Toot, Toot, Tootsie” and “April Showers,” were popularized by him.

He came out of retirement to entertain troops during WWII and died in 1950, shortly after an exhausting trip to entertain soldiers in Korea. He was honored posthumously with the Congressional Order of Merit.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
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Role: Non-Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BERLIN, Irving: Say It Isn't So - Songs of Irving Berlin (1919-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120829
Nostalgia
GERSHWIN, G.: 'S Wonderful - Songs of George Gershwin (1929-1949) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120828
Nostalgia
HITS OF THE 1920s, Vol. 1 (1920): Whispering Naxos Nostalgia
8.120635
Nostalgia
HITS OF THE 1920s, Vol. 2 (1921-1923) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120841
Nostalgia
HITS OF THE 1930s, Vol. 1 (1930): Happy Days Are Here Again! Naxos Nostalgia
8.120634
Nostalgia
JOLSON, Al: Al Jolson, Vol. 1 (1911-1914) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120514
Nostalgia
JOLSON, Al: Al Jolson, Vol. 2 (1916-1918) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120535
Nostalgia
RODGERS, Richard: Easy to Remember - Songs of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart (1925-1946) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120830
Nostalgia
STARS of the GOLDEN ERA Naxos Nostalgia
8.120754-55
Nostalgia
ULTIMATE VOCAL COLLECTION (THE) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120863-64
Nostalgia

Role: Non-Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BOO, Bertil: Favoriter fran forr (1946-1954) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120884
Nostalgia
DANSKE REVY (DEN): 1930-1940, Vol. 1 (Revy 8) Dacapo
DCCD 9808
Nostalgia
GARNER, Erroll: Erroll Garner Plays Misty (1953-1954) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120771
Jazz
HITS OF THE 1920s, Vol. 1 (1920): Whispering Naxos Nostalgia
8.120635
Nostalgia
HOPE, Bob: Thanks for the Memories (1938-1955) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120836
Nostalgia
JOLSON, Al: Al Jolson, Vol. 2 (1916-1918) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120535
Nostalgia
LOMBARDO, Guy: Get Out Those Old Records (1941-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120645
Nostalgia
McCORMACK, John: 18 Favourites (1911-1936) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120504
Nostalgia
REINHARDT, Django: Americans in Paris (1935-1937) (Reinhardt, Vol. 7) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120734
Jazz
REINHARDT, Django: Djangology (1934-1935) (Reinhardt, Vol. 1) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120515
Jazz
WALLER, Fats: Transcriptions (1935) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120577
Jazz

Role: Lyricist 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
ROBESON, Paul: Roll Away Clouds (1928-1937) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120543
Nostalgia





 
 
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