Al Jolson Presented By Country Music Planet
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"The World's Greatest Entertainer"
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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.
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."
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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On Sunday, October 6, 2002, the popular CBS program Sunday Morning noted the 75th anniversary of talking pictures, which all began with The Jazz Singer, on October 6, 1927. Here is a clip of the program from that morning, with mention of the film. Click for the clip in RealVideo format.
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In The Summer of 2002 Jerry Mac was doing shows on Elvis Presley Boulevard, next door to Graceland. 75,000 Elvis fans showed up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the passing of Elvis Presley. Click here to view photos and learn more about this show.
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