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                         Al Jolson  1886 - 1950

Al Jolson (born Asa Yoelson; May 26, 1886 – October 23, 1950) was a Russian-born American singer, comedian, and actor. At the peak of his career, he was dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer". His performing style was brash and extroverted, and he popularized many songs that benefited from his sentimental and melodramatic approach." In the 1920s, Jolson was America's most famous and highest-paid entertainer.
Although best remembered today as the star of the first talking picture, The Jazz Singer (1927), he starred in a series of successful musical films during the 1930s. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was the first star to entertain troops overseas during World War II. After a period of inactivity, his stardom returned with The Jolson Story (1946), for which Larry Parks played Jolson, with the singer dubbing for Parks. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-NMBJFrdE4   I'm Sitting On Top Of The World  1m 52

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QN3jXP4KDA   Used To You "SAY IT WITH SONGS" 1929  2m53

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rr5XQ9BhOqM  About A Quarter To Nine (Go Into Your Dance) 1935 0m - 2m43 / 4m35 - 5m57 = 4m 05

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBWTgxYx6mg Rock A Bye Your Baby  With A Dixie  Melody  3m13

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faq1va9UF54  Sonny Boy 2m 25

(Holding his son)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkqqWbp2zdc  Who Paid The Rent For Mrs. Rip Van Winkle?" 1930  1m 39


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-uJVA90hTE    Yes, We Have No Bananas  2m 56

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPmBPvHzF2c  

Swanee  1945   2m 02

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd7pJ_9ysSE  Theres A Rainbow Round My Shoulder (The Singing Fool' )1928  2m 24

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tuu5YtkPIo  

Camptown Races 2m 08

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLoCQzzIo7Q  April Showers 00.00 - 2m09 & My Mammy 2m10 - 4m 59 = 2m 49

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0VTfzjyDbc  HOORAY FOR BABY AND ME (Big Boy) 1930  3m 08

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhavaXOynO8  

Al Jolson Blackface Minstrel Show 1930  4m 46

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYWmBaVcNYg 

Oh Susanna 1m 15

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naP2DHI9tm8   

My Mammy - Soldiers Field Chicago Aug 20, 1949  2m 45

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwajs97U9Hs  For Me And My Gal  x 2  (demonstration done for Larry Parks) 2m 42

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OuMFzS__dA  Baby Face x 2 (demonstn for Larry Parks) 3m11

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD_YRnuuKyY  

Toot, Toot, Tootsie!  2m 05

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltWUi--zGrM   It All Depends on You rehearsal  2m 24

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3jqUUV_QyE  Is It True What They Say About Dixie  Rehearsals  2m 59 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edmP33UdQyg  Dark Eyes (Ochi Chornya)  1m 07