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Al Jolson

 

Al Jolson (1886–1950) ✡

 

Born Asa Yoelson, 26 May 1886, Seredžius (סרעדניק‎), Russian Empire; died 23 October 1950, San Francisco, California.

 

Sometimes credited as: A. Jolson / Mr. Al Jolson / Jolson


External links


Media library main entries

  1. Al Jolson—10″ singles
    1. “Avalon” b/w “Anniversary song” (1946) (10″ single)
    2. “If I only had a match” b/w “Let me sing and I’m happy” (1947) (10″ single)
  2. Al Jolson—The best of Al Jolson including performances from Kraft music hall broadcasts
  3. Al Jolson—The Jolson story[:] Rainbow ’round my shoulder (1957)
  4. Al Jolson—The greatest of Al Jolson (1975)
  5. Al Jolson[:] King of the airwaves (1997)

10″ singles

• Al Jolson—10″ singles

pd Decca [10/78]

 

“Avalon” b/w “Anniversary song” (1946)

Avalon featured in Columbia picture “The Jolson story”

 (music:) Vincent Rose; (lyrics:) Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. de Sylva)

Anniversary song featured in Columbia picture “The Jolson story” [Donauwellen]

 (music:) Josef Ivanovici (uncredited); (lyrics:) Al Jolson, Saul Chaplin

 —Al Jolson[,] vocal with orchestra directed by Morris Stoloff [23714]

 

“If I only had a match” b/w “Let me sing and I’m happy” (1947)

If I only had a match

Lee Morris, Arthur Johnston, George W. Meyer (as Geo. W. Meyer)

Let me sing and I’m happy

Irving Berlin

 —Al Jolson[,] vocal with orchestra directed by Morris Stoloff [24296]


The Best of Al Jolson Including Performances from Kraft Music Hall Broadcasts

• Al Jolson—The Best of Al Jolson Including Performances from Kraft Music Hall Broadcasts

pd Decca DL79101 [R]

 

Swanee [from Demi‐Tasse]

 (music:) George Gershwin (as G. Gershwin); (words:) Irving Cæsar (as I. Caesar)

You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It)

 (music:) James V. Monaco (as J.V. Monaco); (words:) Joseph McCarthy (as J. McCarthy)

When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along

Harry M. Woods (as H. Woods)

Medley: (1) I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover

 (music:) Harry M. Woods (as H. Woods); (words:) Mort Dixon (as M. Dixon)

(2) Baby Face

 (music:) Harry Akst (as H. Akst); (words:) Benny Davis (as B. Davis)

Sonny Boy [from The Singing Fool]

 (music:) Ray Henderson (as R. Henderson); (words:) Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. DeSylva), Lew Brown (as L. Brown)

There’s a Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder

 (music:) Dave Dreyer (as D. Dreyer); (words:) Al Jolson, Billy Rose (as B. Rose)

Avalon

 (music:) Vincent Rose (as V. Rose); (words:) Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. DeSylva)

Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goo’ Bye)

Ted Fio Rito (uncredited), Gus Kahn (as G. Kahn), Ernie Erdman (as E. Erdman), Dan Russo (as D. Russo)

April Showers

 (music:) Louis Silvers (as L. Silvers); (words:) Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. DeSylva)

Rockabye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody [from Sinbad]

 (music:) Jean Schwartz (as J. Schwartz); (words:) Sam Lewis (as S. Lewis), Joe Young (as J. Young)

Medley: (1) Ma (She’s Makin’ Eyes at Me) [from The Midnight Rounders (1921)]

 (music:) Con Conrad (as C. Conrad); (words:) Sidney Clare (as S. Clare)

(2) Dinah [from Kid boots]

 (music:) Harry Akst (as H. Akst); (words:) Sam Lewis (as S. Lewis), Joe Young (as J. Young)

Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away) [from Show Girl]

 (music:) George Gershwin (as G. Gershwin); (words:) Gus Kahn (as G. Kahn), Ira Gershwin (as I. Gershwin)

Carolina in the Morning [from The Passing Parade (1922)]

 (music:) Walter Donaldson (as W. Donaldson); (words:) Gus Kahn (as G. Kahn)

I Wish I Had a Girl

 (music:) Grace Kahn (as G. le Boy); (words:) Gus Kahn (as G. Kahn)

California, Here I Come [from Bombo]

 (music:) Joseph Meyer (as J. Meyer); (words:) Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. DeSylva)

Ma Blushin’ Rosie (Ma Posie Sweet)

 (music:) John Stromberg (as J. Stromberg); (words:) Edgar Smith (as E. Smith)

Medley: (1) My Melancholy Baby

 (music:) Ernie Burnett (as E. Burnett); (newer words:) George A. Norton (as G. Norton), (original words:) Maybelle Watson (as M.E. Watson) (sic, newer words)

(2) My Blue Heaven (2:32)

 (music:) Walter Donaldson (as W. Donaldson); (words:) George Whiting (as G. Whiting)

My Mammy

 (music:) Walter Donaldson (as W. Donaldson); (words:) Sam Lewis (as S. Lewis), Joe Young (as J. Young)

Margie (2:16)

 (music:) Con Conrad (as C. Conrad); (words:) Benny Davis (uncredited); J. Russel Robinson (as I.R. Robinson)

Let Me Sing and I’m Happy

Irving Berlin (as I. Berlin)

When You Were Sweet Sixteen

James Thornton (as J. Thornton)

Anniversary Song [Valurile Dunării (Waves of the Danube) (1880)]

 (music): Josef Ivanovici (uncredited); (words:) Al Jolson (as A. Jolson), Saul Chaplin (as S. Chaplin)

If I Only Had a Match

 (music:) George W. Meyer (as G.W. Meyer); (words:) Lee Morris (as L. Morris), Arthur Johnston (as A. Johnston)

Easter Parade [from As Thousands Cheer]

Irving Berlin (as I. Berlin)

About a Quarter to Nine [from Go into Your Dance]

 (music:) Harry Warren (as H. Warren); (words:) Al Dubin (as A. Dubin)

Ol’ Man River [from Show Boat] (3:05)

 (music:) Jerome Kern (as J. Kern); (words:) Oscar Hammerstein II (as O. Hammerstein II)

She’s a Latin from Manhattan [from Go into Your Dance]

 (music:) Harry Warren (as H. Warren); (words:) Al Dubin (as A. Dubin)

I’m Always Chasing Rainbows [Fantaisie-impromptu in C minor] (2:40)

 (music:) Frédéric Chopin (uncredited), (adapted by) Harry Carroll (as H. Carroll); (words:) Joseph McCarthy (as J. McCarthy)


The Jolson story[:] Rainbow ’round my shoulder (1957)

• Al Jolson—The Jolson story[:] Rainbow ’round my shoulder (1957)

pd MCA MCA2059 1957, ©1980

 

MP3.com

 

“All selections previously released on Decca album old number DL7‐9036 entitled Rainbow round my shoulder”

 

’Way down yonder in New Orleans

 (music:) Turner Layton (as J. Turner Layton); (lyrics:) Henry Creamer

 —with Andrews Sisters

Keep smiling at trouble (trouble’s a bubble)

 Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. DeSylva), Lewis E. Gensler (as Lewis Gensler)

California, here I come

 (music:) Joseph Meyer; (lyrics:) Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. DeSylva)

I’m sitting on top of the world (just rolling along—just rolling along)

 (music:) Ray Henderson; (lyrics:) Sam Lewis, Joe Young

When the red, red, robin comes bob, bob, bobbin’ along

Harry M. Woods (as Harry Woods)

It all depends on you

 (music:) Ray Henderson; (lyrics:) Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. DeSylva), Lew Brown

(1) I’m looking over a four leaf clover

 (music:) Harry M. Woods (as Woods); (lyrics:) Mort Dixon (as Dixon)

(2) Baby face

 (music:) Harry Akst (as Akst); (lyrics:) Benny Davis (as Davis)

Are you lonesome tonight

 (music:) Lou Handman; (lyrics:) Roy Turk

Golden gate

 (music:) Dave Dreyer (as D. Dreyer), Joseph Meyer (as J. Meyer); (lyrics:) Al Jolson, Billy Rose (as B. Rose)

Back in your own back yard

 (music:) Dave Dreyer; (lyrics:) Al Jolson, Billy Rose

Sonny boy [from The singing fool]

 (music:) Ray Henderson (as R. Henderson); (lyrics:) Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. DeSylva), Lew Brown (as L. Brown)

There’s a rainbow ’round my shoulder

 (music:) Dave Dreyer; (lyrics:) Al Jolson, Billy Rose

Liza (all the clouds’ll roll away) [from Show girl]

 (music:) George Gershwin; (lyrics:) Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn

Let me sing and I’m happy

Irving Berlin


The greatest of Al Jolson (1975)

• Al Jolson—The greatest of Al Jolson (1975)

pd TeleHouse P2 12668 [(2) R] ℗1975

 

Songwriters uncredited

 

I’m sitting on top of the world

 music: Ray Henderson; lyrics: Joe Young, Sam Lewis

Let me sing and I’m happy

Irving Berlin

Alabamy bound

 music: Ray Henderson; lyrics: Bud Green, Buddy G. DeSylva

Is it true what they say about Dixie?

 music: Gerald Marks; lyrics: Irving Caesar, Samuel Lerner

 —with the Mills Brothers

The one I love belongs to somebody else

 music: Isham Jones; lyrics: Gus Kahn

I’m just wild about Harry [from Shuffle along]

 music: Eubie Blake; lyrics: Noble Sissle

Alexander’s Ragtime Band

Irving Berlin

 —with Bing Crosby

For me and my gal [from Here and there]

 music: E. Ray Gœtz, George W. Meyer; lyrics: Edgar Leslie

After you’ve gone

 music: Turner Layton; lyrics: Henry Creamer

Back in your own back yard

 music: Dave Dreyer; lyrics: Al Jolson, Billy Rose

Toot, toot, tootsie! (goo’bye)

Dan Russo, Ernie Erdman, Gus Kahn, Ted Fio Rito

My mammy

 music: Walter Donaldson; lyrics: Joe Young, Sam Lewis

You made me love you

 music: James V. Monaco; lyrics: Joseph McCarthy

Give my regards to Broadway [from Little Johnny Jones]

George M. Cohan

Among my souvenirs

 music: Lawrence Wright; lyrics: Edgar Leslie

Pretty baby

 music: Egbert Van Alstyne, Tony Jackson; lyrics: Gus Kahn

California, here I come [from Bombo]

 music: Joseph Meyer; lyrics: Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva

Waiting for the Robert E. Lee

 music: Lewis F. Muir; lyrics: L. Wolfe Gilbert

Look for the silver lining [from Sally]

 music: Jerome Kern; lyrics: Buddy G. DeSylva

Avalon

 music: Vincent Rose; lyrics: Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva

The best things in life are free

 music: Ray Henderson; lyrics: Buddy G. DeSylva, Lew Brown

Rock‐a‐bye your baby with a Dixie melody [from Sinbad]

 music: Jean Schwartz; lyrics: Sam Lewis, Joe Young


Al Jolson[:] King of the airwaves (1997)

• Al Jolson—Al Jolson[:] King of the airwaves (1997)

 


As songwriter

• See Vincent Rose.

 • Avalon (1920)

• See Joseph Meyer.

 • California, here I come (1924)

 • Golden gate (1928) [from The singing fool]

• See Dave Dreyer.

 • Back in your own back yard (1928)

 • There’s a rainbow ’round my shoulder (1928) [from The singing fool]

• See Ray Henderson.

 • Sonny boy (1928) [from The singing fool]

• See Josef Ivanovici.

 • Donauwellen [Anniversary song]

• See Lewis E. Gensler.

 • Keep smiling at trouble (trouble’s a bubble) (1928) [from The singing fool]

 

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