Al Jolson

February 6, 2011 by Post Team 

Al Jolson, Al Jolson (May 26, 1886 – October 23, 1950) was an American singer, comedian and actor. In his heyday, he was dubbed “The World’s Greatest Entertainer”. He was born in Russia (now Lithuania) and immigrated to the United States at the age of five with his Jewish parents.

His performing style was brash and outgoing, and he popularized many songs that have benefited from being “shamelessly sentimental, melodramatic approach.” His music, including Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, rock and country artist Jerry Lee Lewis, and Bob Dylan, who once referred to him as “someone whose life I can feel”, have influenced many famous singers. Broadway spokesman Gilbert Seldes has been compared to “The Great God Pan,” saying that Jolson was “the concentration of our national health and cheerfulness.”

In the 1930s he was the artist most famous and highest paid in America. Between 1911 and 1928, Jolson had nine sell-outs Winter Garden shows in a row, more than 80 hit records and 16 national and international tours. Although best known today as the star in the first (total length) speaks of cinema, The Jazz Singer in 1927, then starred in a series of successful musical films throughout the 1930s. After a period of inactivity, his fame is back with the 1946 biopic of Oscar, The Jolson Story. Larry Parks played Jolson with the songs with his voice dubbed in real Jolson. A sequel, Jolson Sings Again, was released in 1949, and was nominated for three Oscars. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jolson became the first star to entertain troops overseas during World War II, and then in 1950 became the first star to perform for GIs in Korea, doing 42 shows in 16 days. He died a few weeks after returning to the United States, partly due to physical exhaustion stage. Defense Secretary George Marshall after the Medal of Merit to the Al Jolson.

According to St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, “Jolson was a jazz, blues, ragtime and what Elvis Presley was to rock ‘n’ roll.” Be the first popular singer to make a spectacular “event” to sing a song, it became a “rock star” before the dawn of rock music. His specialty is the construction of trails that extend into the hearing stage. He ran along the track and across the stage, “teasing, cajoling, and thrilling the public,” often stopping to sing to individual members, while the sweat “would be paid to his face, and all the public would get caught up in the ecstasy of his performance. ” According to music historian Larry Stempel, “Nobody had heard anything quite like before on Broadway.” Author Stephen Banfield agrees, writing that the Jolson style was “probably the most important factor in defining modern music … ”

He enjoyed performing in blackface makeup – a theatrical convention since the mid-19th century. With his unique style and dynamic singing black music, like jazz and blues, he was then credited to him only the introduction of African-American music to white audiences. In 1911, he became known for fighting against anti-black discrimination on Broadway. Well-known theatrical Jolson and his promotion of equality on Broadway helped pave the way for many black artists, playwrights, composers, and particularly Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Ethel Waters.

There is no doubt that Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson belong to a larger group. Ms. Brice is present with “Second Hand Rose” and it is indeed a historical record and still viable. Mr. Cantor sings a song from his greatest success, the 1929 musical Whoopee. We do not get “Makin ‘Whoopee”, however, a song that I’m happy to listen to repeatedly. “; Hungry Women “instead we get something called Fun, at least two or three times I played, but hardly historic, enduring, or all the shades of great. And Jolson, who sang so many hits that he could not cut the royalties to the author at will, is here with “That haunting melody” Vera Violetta. I do not remember that one, show or song, you? 1914 This review helped establish Jolson as a star, but the song is not much. Moreover, the voice is too early Jolson to the point where you could not even recognize it.

“Originals” gives us White Ring, Nora Bayes and Elsie Janis; stars for a while, yes, but not the legendary icons. Edith Day, J. Harold Murray, Louise Groody, Charles King – great? Just so. Bea Lillie is the general board, which is useful, and is accompanied by the key to the great Vincent Youmans also. But the song she sings, “Because he loves me” music instantly forgotten 1926 Oh, Please! Do not recommend or Lillie Youmans. Two other composers – Eubie Blake and Cole Porter – singing for the Currently that is not quite in the framework of the “Great Performers of yesterday” label.

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