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   Even though, The Country Music Planet presents radio shows that are most often filled with what most of our visitors would consider country music, we thought it was very necessary to present this show that contains the music of the man so many people throughout the world consider "The World's Greatest Entertainer" ever.
   Most of you visitors will probably be amazed at just how many of the country music superstars were influenced by Al Jolsen.
   This first half of this show consist of my conversations with Jan Hernstat, the president of
The International Al Jolson Society and with us playing some great Al Jolson music. At the end of our portion of the show, we send you back in time to "The Al Jolsen Kraft Music Hall Show that was originally broadcast on Thursday, March 17, 1949 (St. Patrick's Day), with the king of the cowboys, Roy Rogers, and his queen, Dale Evans, as guest stars.
   Click here or on the sound button near the top of this page to listen to this show as you read the following or as you surf the web or check your email. Doing either one of these things will not interrupt the show.
   I highly suggest you listen to this show, because in the words of Al Jolson, "YOU AIN'T HEARD NUTIN', YET."
The following information and the Thursday, March 17, 1949 portion of the show  were supplied to us by The International Al Jolson Society and A.J.Recordings
We extend our heartfelt thanks to Jan Hernstat (the president of The International Al Jolson Society) & to Dr. Marc I. Leavey (the webmaster of The International Al Jolson Society). Make sure you visit their official site where more shows and more music of Al Jolson can be heard.
Jerry Mac

   Al Jolson's experience with radio began in the dawn of the medium, and continued until the birth of television, and his death. He started the Kraft Music Hall, along with programs for Lifebuoy Soap, Colgate Tooth Powder, and Chevrolet, and died while waiting to go on to Bing Crosby's Chesterfield program.

Dale Evans - Al Jolson - Roy Rogers Dale Evans and Roy Rogers
with Jolie on the guitar!

   The final portion of this program was originally broadcast on Thursday, March 17, 1949, with the king of the cowboys, Roy Rogers, and his queen, Dale Evans, as guest stars.

   Al Jolson's opening number was related to the time of day, "At Sundown." After the opening, we hear about a magazine article with photos of Jolie and Larry Parks. Wonder where that magazine is today!

   Oscar Levant, who was featured in another magazine, then takes the podium with a great rendition of "Malagueña." Listen for the "Bravos" after the performance.

   The yummy two pound loaf of Velveeta was the star of the first commercial by Ken Carpenter.

   This program was broadcast on St. Patrick's Day, and Jolson, the good Irishman with the Yiddish accent, celebrated with "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling."

I'm Always Chasing Rainbows   Next up, without Trigger, was Roy Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans. Wondering about being a cowboy, Jolson talked about his grandfather, Yippy Ki-Yey Ki-Jolson. He even got a Kraft plug in this one!

   Wondering about making a movie after "Jolson Sings Again," called "Jolson Rides Again," they work out the scheme of a Jolson western movie.

   Roy and Dale took the opportunity to get in a song, "San Antone."

   With a tune lifted from Chopin, Al Jolson sang "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" as the final song of the evening. As always, nobody ever sang this song as well as Jolson - nobody!

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