A AL Jolson
was America's most famous entertainer in the 1920s and starred in the first talkie movie - The Jazz Singer in 1927.
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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.
He, by contrast, had vivid, firsthand memories of seminal stars like Fanny Brice, Al Jolson
, and Bert Williams.
But shortly before his release, the former clubland Al Jolson
impersonator from Leeds went to the Appeal Court on a legal aid case paid for by taxpayers.
Readers might be forgiven for approaching Michael Alexander's Jazz Age Jews with trepidation: the book features a blackface picture of Al Jolson
on the cover followed by a dedication page that finds the author declaring his love for his parents through a quotation from Jolson's first big hit song, "Swanee": "I love the old folks at home!" If irony had not already been declared dead in these post-September 11 days it would be possible to imagine that Alexander is kidding--or at least making some statement about his own scholarly distance from this Jewish-authored act of Black travesty.
George Jessel plays the lead, but he is replaced by Al Jolson
when the play is made into the first "talkie."
He (decided to) bring down a troupe of Broadway people, including Al Jolson
, the great singer, to entertain Coolidge, that hopefully they could get him to smile -- which no one could -- and they'd take a picture, and he would look warm and fuzzy.
However, to paraphrase Al Jolson
, "You ain't seen nothing yet!" Still in its infancy, television is set to explode in usage and influence in the new millennium as an integral component of a wider telecommunications industry, the largest growth industry in the later part of the 20th century.
This work, in which the artist covers his body in white, pink, green, and black, stirs up from the spectator's musings an assortment of memories: Noh theater, Al Jolson
, the pink and blue bodies of Pontormo's famous Entombment, even Rodchenko.
Anecdotes about Irving Berlin, James Thurber, Bessie Smith, Al Jolson
, and Ethel Waters, to name just a few of the dozens and dozens of individuals we meet in these pages, are deftly used to illustrate Douglas's larger arguments.
However, the singers who achieved stardom on radio in the 1920s were predominately white interpreters of black song - Al Jolson
, Rudy Vallee, Eddie Cantor, and Sophie Tucker.