Al Wales performing asa Al Jolson
at the Newport Club, Middlesbrough in 1963.
As Al Jolson
he was on Broadway in 1912, making his first hit record, The Spaniard That Blighted My Life, and was soon the world's best-known performer, earning an astonishing pounds 5,000 a week when a labourer in Cardiff was lucky to get two quid.
in full gallop across the stage; of Marilyn Miller, whose coltish, loose-limbed dancing is so winsome that her allure shines right through the grainy scrim of ancient film; of Al Jolson
, swiveling his hips and making me finally understand--all these years later--why my old boss considered him the most sensational performer he'd ever seen; of George Gershwin banging on the rehearsal piano for a galaxy of tapping chorus girls; of Ethel Waters and John Bubbles performing together.
So he brings Al Jolson
[and] all the troops down, they go through a receiving line not a single smile from Coolidge.
I guess Al Jolson
and Ruby got a divorce, and then.
The movie, which brought Broadway superstar Al Jolson
"alive" and seemingly singing from the screen, was an immediate sensation when it opened in 1927 and created a revolution in the motion picture industry.
1950: Al Jolson
, US singer who billed himself ''the world's greatest entertainer'', died.
BORN PELE, football superstar, 1940, above WEIRD Al Yankovic, comedian, 1959 RYAN Reynolds, film actor, 1976 DIED WG Grace, cricket great, 1915 AL Jolson
, above, US singer, 1950 JOHN Boyd Dunlop, tyre inventor, 1921
Most movie buffs know the first film with a partial soundtrack was "The Jazz Singer," with superstar Al Jolson
Host Mervyn Francis performs Al Jolson
hits, with the Martyn St James band.
He claimed he slapped on the Al Jolson
face to show how much he "respected" Obama.
Not so much a musical, more a theatrical lecture-demonstration, this cost-conscious show is built around the remarkable ability of actor-singer Allan Stewart to knock out a string of early-20th century pop songs in the style of Al Jolson