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  Al Jolson Biography - Part I
Al was already showing signs of the colossal ego that would mark him for the rest of his life.
Jolson returned to touring the UBO and Orpheum circuits in 1910, and played a vaudeville engagement at Hammerstein's Victoria in New York in February 1911.
Jolson kept introducing new gags and new verses to his songs, and audiences kept coming back to see what he would do from week to week.
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 Al Jolson's grave
Asa "Al Jolson" Yoelson (born in Seredžius, Lithuania on May 26, 1886, and died in San Francisco, California on October 23, 1950) was an acclaimed American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1911 until his death in 1950.
Jolson was a political and economic conservative, supporting Calvin Coolidge for president of the United States in 1924 (with the ditty "Keep Cool with Coolidge"), unlike most other Jews in the arts, who supported the losing Democratic candidate, John William Davis.
Jolson's legacy is considered by many to be severely neglected today because of his use of stage flface, at the time a theatrical convention used by many performers (both white and fl), but today viewed by many as racially insensitive.
www.hollywoodusa.co.uk /HillsideObituaries/aljolson.htm   (1280 words)

  
 Jewogle | The Famous Jews Search Engine - Al Jolson
Al Jolson (May 26, 1886–October 23, 1950) was a highly acclaimed American singer, comedian and actor of Jewish heritage whose career lasted from 1911 until his death in 1950.
Al Jolson was born Asa Yoelson in Seredžius, Lithuania.
Al Jolson was the most famous performer to use flface and thus is sometimes used as an example of whites propagating racial stereotypes in film.
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 Broadway: The American Musical . Stars Over Broadway . Al Jolson | PBS
Al Jolson lived "The American Dream." Born in Lithuania, Jolson rose through the ranks of vaudeville as a comedian and a flface "Mammy" singer.
Al Jolson was to jazz, blues, and ragtime what Elvis Presley was to rock 'n' roll.
Jolson was a rock star before the dawn of rock music." Al Jolson paved the way for African-American performers like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Ethel Waters.
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 Reference for Al Jolson - Search.com
Jolson was born in Seredzius, Lithuania, as Asa Yoelson.
Jolson was a political and economic conservative, supporting Calvin Coolidge for President of the United States in 1924 (with the ditty "Keep Cool with Coolidge"), unlike most other Jewish performers, who supported the losing Democratic candidate, John William Davis.
Jolson was not a racist, and flface as a theatrical convention was used by many performers (both white and fl); some critics argue the make-up acted as a mask for Jolson, giving his performances a greater spontaneity.
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 Al Jolson
Al Jolson was never a soldier in the United States Army, but he did his best to support it in four wars.
Al also changed his family name to Jolson and in 1899, he appeared as an extra in a Jewish play called Children of the Ghetto.
Jolson, who was not used to the pressures of delivering a set script, loved to improvise and to ad lib during his act.
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  Al Jolson AZA #317 | Thirty-Five Years of Tradition
Al Jolson (born Asa Yoelson - the original family name was Hesselson - in Seredzius, Lithuania on May 26, 1886 — October 23, 1950) was an American singer and the son of Jewish immigrants.
Al Jolson has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: For his contribution to the motion picture industry at 6622 Hollywood Blvd.; For his contribution to the recording industry at 1716 Vine Street; For his contribution to the radio industry at 6750 Hollywood Blvd.
This US stamp featuring Al Jolson was part of a series of stamps devoted to great singers.Forty-four years after Jolson's death, the United States Postal Service acknowledged his contribution by issuing a postage stamp in his honor.
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  Al Jolson - Music Downloads - Online
Bio: In addition to releasing a string of successful records between 1912 and 1949, Al Jolson achieved pre-eminent stardom on Broadway, hosted several radio series, and became the first important figure of the sound-era of motion pictures.
Jolson arrived in the U.S. in April 1894, probably at about the age of eight.
They are today, however, and even if Jolson's prominence as a flface entertainer makes him a scapegoat, his association with minstrelsy is likely to continue to prevent him from being remembered as favorably by history as he might be otherwise.
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  Al Jolson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Al Jolson wearing flface and white gloves in The Jazz Singer, 1927.
Jolson was a political and economic conservative, supporting Calvin Coolidge for president of the United States in 1924 (with the ditty "Keep Cool with Coolidge") unlike most other Jews in the arts, who supported the losing Democratic candidate, John William Davis.
Jolson died on October 23, 1950, in San Francisco, at the age of 64, apparently of a heart attack, and was interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California, where a statue of Jolson beckons visitors to his crypt.
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Jolson became a popular singer and a superstar of the Broadway stage, radio and film.
However, Jolson scored what many believe to be the greatest comeback in show business history when Columbia Pictures produced the film biography "The Jolson Story" in 1946, which starred Larry Parks as Jolson, lip-synching to Jolson's voice.
Jolson was billed as "The World's Greatest Entertainer", which is how many of the greatest stars (including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Jackie Wilson, etc) referred to him.
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 Artist page for Al Jolson - Wal-mart
Although Jolson's films were popular and he was one of the highest paid performers in Hollywood, the cinema proved detrimental to his career.
The war over, Jolson made a cameo appearance in a film and also performed on a couple of records, but it appeared as though his career, temporarily buoyed by the war, was ended.
In the USA Jolson's star continued to rise and after a string of performances on radio, where he became a regular guest on Bing Crosby's show, he was given his own series, which ran for four years and helped encourage Columbia to create another Jolson precedent.
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 Al Jolson - MSN Encarta
Al Jolson (May 26, 1886 – October 23, 1950) was a highly acclaimed American singer, comedian and actor of Jewish heritage whose career lasted from 1911 until his death in...
Al Jolson (1886-1950), American stage and film performer, most noted for his role in the motion picture The Jazz Singer.
Jolson achieved wide popularity starring on Broadway in many musicals tailored to his talents; these included Robinson Crusoe, Jr.
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 Boot Sale Sounds: Al Jolson
Jolson was the first entertainer to ever utilize a ramp extending out into the audience from the center of the stage.
Jolson insisted on having a ramp so he could be closer to the audience.
Jolson was known to stop major Broadway productions in which he was involved, turn to the audience and ask them if they would rather hear him sing instead of watching the rest of the play.
bootsalesounds.blogspot.com /2007/09/al-jolson.html   (459 words)

  
 Al Jolson mp3s, Al Jolson music downloads, Al Jolson songs from eMusic.com
In addition to releasing a string of successful records between 1912 and 1949, Al Jolson achieved pre-eminent stardom on Broadway, hosted several radio series, and became the first important figure of the sound-era of motion pictures.
He returned to radio with a new series, Al Jolson, for the 1942-43 season, but was back on the road to military installations by summer 1943.
They are today, however, and even if Jolson's prominence as a flface entertainer makes him a scapegoat, his association with minstrelsy is likely to continue to prevent him from being remembered as favorably by history as he might be otherwise.
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 The Music of Al Jolson, Page 1
But, prior to that day in 1927, Jolson had already given us much that we had not heard before and in many respects, he also changed the face and nature of American vaudeville stage performance and was arguably, the first true popular music performer mega star.
Jolson was deeply affected by the First World War and sang a number of songs that spoke to the pain of loss and futility of war.
Jolson's recording of this work was a top selling hit and he performed it many times including three of his films, Rose of Washington Square (1939), The Jolson Story and Jolson Sings Again.
www.parlorsongs.com /issues/2002-12/thismonth/feature.php   (2107 words)

  
 Al Jolson - Internet Accuracy Project
Al Jolson was an actor of The Jazz Singer, and The Singing Fool fame, and singer of Swanee, Baby Face, Sonny Boy, Mammy, and Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye fame.
Al Jolson was one of entertainment's earliest superstars, before that term even existed.
Al worked tirelessly to entertain American troops during World War II and the Korean War, and gave of his time and money to the March of Dimes and other worthy philanthropic causes.
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 Al Jolson Biography from Basic Famous People - Biographies of Celebrities and other Famous People
Al Jolson (born Asa Yoelson to Moshe Reuben Yoelson and Naomi Etta Cantor - the original family name was Hesselson - in Seredzius, Lithuania, on May 26, 1885 or 1886, and died in San Francisco, California, October 23, 1950) was an American singer and the son of Jewish immigrants.
However, Jolson scored what many believe to be the greatest comeback in show business history when Columbia Pictures produced the film biography The Jolson Story in 1946, which starred Larry Parks as Jolson, lip-synching to Jolson's voice.
Jolson died on October 23, 1950, in San Francisco, at the age of 64, apparently of a heart attack, and was interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California, where a statue of Jolson beckons visitors to his crypt.
www.basicfamouspeople.com /index.php?aid=2798   (840 words)

  
 Internet Archive: Details: Collected Works of Al Jolson
Jolson was wonderfully talented, but was an SOB.
Although Jolson is not my favorite early 20th Century singer, you got to hand it to him that the guy had a voice and knew how to use it.
Jolson was simply one of the greatest performers of the twentieth century.
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 Grave Hunter finds Al Jolson burial place
Jolson starred in the first ‘talking picture’, The Jazz Singer, in 1927, leading to a successful second career in movies.
During an era marked by conflict and depression, Jolson’s ebullient good humor, and the unfailing optimism expressed in his art, quickened the heartbeat and lifted the spirits of ordinary people everywhere.
Despite the half century that has elapsed since his passing, Jolson is still fondly remembered by millions, including many of today’s popular entertainers who readily acknowledge his influence upon their own careers.
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 Al Jolson
Revolving around the making of The Jolson Story in 1946, the play looks in on "Jolie" at the lowest point of his career.
We see that Jolson was ruthless, both in his career and personal life.
JOLSON is the story of a great performer, a "lovable s.o.b." and the most sensational comeback in the history of show business.
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 Al Jolson - Biography
Al Jolson was known in the industry as "The World's Greatest Entertainer," for well over 40 years.
Al Jolson was born Asa Yoelson in Lithuania to Cantor Moishe Yoelson who emigrated alone to Washington DC.
Jolson's stay in vaudeville was relatively short as his talent, recognized by the Shubert Brothers, was signed by them to appear in the opening show of their new Winter Garden Theater on Broadway in April of 1912.
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 8 Top Reasons to See The Jolson Story: Rediscover Al Jolson's Career the Same Way 1940 Audiences Did - Associated ...
Critics sometimes take the 1946 biopic of the life of Al Jolson to task since it is rather idealized and great liberties were taken with the truth in some places, but even the critics agree that The Jolson Story, starring Larry Parks as "The World's Greatest Entertainer," is phenomenal entertainment.
The Jolson Story was just about the most popular in its genre in 1946 and garnered 2 Academy Awards, one for best music in scoring of a musical picture; and one for best sound in the recording category.
On August 11, 2006, Al Jolson was back on Broadway when, with his adopted son Albert Jolson in attendance, 51st and Broadway was renamed Al Jolson Way.
www.associatedcontent.com /article/87862/8_top_reasons_to_see_the_jolson_story.html   (934 words)

  
 Al Jolson 101
In the first half of the 20th Century, he was billed as "The World's Greatest Entertainer" – a title that critics, colleagues and the American public did not dispute.
The last star of minstrelsy and a legend in vaudeville, Al Jolson had dozens of top selling recordings, became the first talking film star and was a popular presence on network radio.
This special section of Musicals101 is designed as a tribute to, and a frank evaluation of, Jolson's significance in the development of popular culture, particularly as he relates to musical theatre and film.
www.musicals101.com /jolson.htm   (126 words)

  
 YouTube - AL JOLSON
Jolson in flface is a product of his time.
I think Jolson was a master performer & did not intend to insult a race.
Al Jolson was the greatest singer ever.And,he brought happy memories to some very hard times.
youtube.com /watch?v=awbGc8XPFJ8   (432 words)

  
 Al Jolson Biography. Listen to Classical Music by Al Jolson
Al Jolson was born in Lithuania, although his exact birth date is uncertain.
In 1909 Al Jolson appeared for the first time in fl face, singing “Mammy”; to great applause.
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.
www.naxos.com /artistinfo/Al_Jolson_1588/1588.htm   (356 words)

  
 YouTube - AL JOLSON SINGING
Jolson's wife in this clip is the actress Evelyn Keyes.
The part she was playing was of Ruby Keeler, Jolson's actual wife at the time depicted in the film.
Jolson's voice by this point was quite deep and rich, and would have been noticeably different from the period depicted in this clip.
www.youtube.com /watch?v=md4_ywlw2aI   (416 words)

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