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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.   I'm Sitting On Top Of The World  1m 52   Used To You "SAY IT WITH SONGS" 1929  2m53  About A Quarter To Nine (Go Into Your Dance) 1935 0m - 2m43 / 4m35 - 5m57 = 4m 05 Rock A Bye Your Baby  With A Dixie  Melody  3m13  Sonny Boy 2m 25

(Holding his son)  Who Paid The Rent For Mrs. Rip Van Winkle?" 1930  1m 39    Yes, We Have No Bananas  2m 56  

Swanee  1945   2m 02  Theres A Rainbow Round My Shoulder (The Singing Fool' )1928  2m 24  

Camptown Races 2m 08  April Showers 00.00 - 2m09 & My Mammy 2m10 - 4m 59 = 2m 49  HOORAY FOR BABY AND ME (Big Boy) 1930  3m 08  

Al Jolson Blackface Minstrel Show 1930  4m 46 

Oh Susanna 1m 15   

My Mammy - Soldiers Field Chicago Aug 20, 1949  2m 45  For Me And My Gal  x 2  (demonstration done for Larry Parks) 2m 42  Baby Face x 2 (demonstn for Larry Parks) 3m11  

Toot, Toot, Tootsie!  2m 05   It All Depends on You rehearsal  2m 24  Is It True What They Say About Dixie  Rehearsals  2m 59  Dark Eyes (Ochi Chornya)  1m 07