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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: May 26, 1885 | Died: October 23, 1950

Al Jolson lived “The American Dream.” Born in Lithuania, Jolson rose through the ranks of vaudeville as a comedian and a blackface “Mammy” singer. By 1920, he had become the biggest star on Broadway, but he is probably best remembered for his film career. He starred in THE JAZZ SINGER (1927), the first talking movie ever made, and his legend was assured in 1946 with the release of the successful biography of his life called THE JOLSON STORY. Jolson was the first openly Jewish man to become an entertainment star in America. His marginal status as a Jew informed his blackface portrayal of Southern blacks. Almost single-handedly, Jolson helped to introduce African-American musical innovations like jazz, ragtime, and the blues to white audiences. The brightest star of the first half of the 20th century, Jolson was eternally grateful for the opportunities America had given him. He tirelessly entertained American troops in World War II and in the Korean War, and he contributed time and money to the March of Dimes and other philanthropic causes. While some of his colleagues in show business complained about his inflated ego, he certainly deserved his moniker: “The World's Greatest Entertainer.”...
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Featured recording “Al Jolson 22 Greatest Hits”

Al Jolson 22 Greatest Hits


2000
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    The Jazz Singer

    Audio Fidelity
    2005
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    Al Jolson Vol. 2 1916-18

    Audio Fidelity
    2002
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    Al Jolson Vol. 1 1911-14

    Audio Fidelity
    2001
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    The Best Of Al Jolson- 25 Great Songs

    Audio Fidelity
    1996
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    The Best Of Al Jolson

    Audio Fidelity
    1996
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    Portret Serie 5

    Audio Fidelity
    1993
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    The Best Of The Decca Years

    Audio Fidelity
    1992
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