Al Jolson

Al Jolson was a Russian-born U.S. singer, songwriter and blackface comedian who performed in vaudeville and minstrel shows and starred in The Jazz Singer.   He made his first stage appearance 1899 in Washington, D.C., performing in vaudeville before joining a minstrel show in 1909. In New York City, he was featured in musicals and known for his high-energy act that often included blackface. In 1927, Jolson starred in The Jazz Singer, the first feature film with synchronised speech. He died in California in 1950.

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AFTER YOU'VE GONE - AL JOLSON (SK)
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  After You’ve Gone

APRIL SHOWER - AL JOLSON (SK)
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  April Shower

CALIFORNIA HERE I COME - AL JOLSON (SK)
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  California Here I Come

I'M SITTIN ON TOP OF THE WORLD - AL JOLSON (SK)
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  I’m Sitting On Top Of The World

LET ME SING - AL JOLSON (SK)
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  Let Me Sing

LIZA (ALL THE CLOUDS'LL ROLL AWAY) - AL JOLSON (SK)
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  Liza (All The Clouds’ll Roll Away)

MY MAMMY - AL JOLSON (SK)
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  My Mammy

ROCK A BYE YOUR BABY - AL JOLSON (SK)
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  Rock-A-Bye Your Baby

SWANEE - AL JOLSON (SK)
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  Swanee

TOOT TOOT TOOTSIE - AL JOLSON (SK)
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  Toot Toot Tootsie

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Personal Life and Legacy

Jolson married four times and had three adopted children. He was very supportive of American troops, performing for soldiers in World War II and the Korean War. He died of a heart attack in San Francisco on October 23, 1950. His gravesite in Los Angeles’ Hillside Memorial Park features a large monument to his career, a life-sized statue of Jolson genuflecting as if he just finished a performance.

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