Al Jolson Home Page|His Works|Radio|07 Sep 37 Lifebuoy Program

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. On this page, I will be featuring radio programs, in Real Audio format, for your enjoyment.

George Jessel and Al Jolson
George Jessel and Al Jolson

This is just 16 minutes of the first Lifebuoy Program in the 1937 series. Let me tell you about the show. You will hear Al Jolson, George Jessel, Martha Raye, Parkyakarkus, and even Victor Young.

Martha Raye The script? The jokes? The songs? You will hear Al Jolson, George Jessel, Martha Raye, Parkyakarkus, and even Victor Young. What more do you need to know?

But, seriously, within the brief part of the show that we do have, you will hear Jolson sing part of "Love Is On The Air Tonight," spar with George Jessel singing "Ma Blushin' Rosie," and duet with Jessel in "Give My Regards to Broadway."

Pay attention during "Rosie," as Jolson makes sure you know that it was his whistling you heard during the break! One can only hope the rest of this show will surface some day, it sounds like it was a great one.

With some of the recent finds of Jolson material surfacing of late, one can only hope that the remainder of this show will appear one day. If you have the rest of this radio show, or know where it can be found, please contact the International Al Jolson Society via this website!

Listen to this radio program and watch a Video Podcast with an excerpt of the show illustrated with photos of the stars.

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     This is an excerpt of the September 7, 1937, Lifebuoy Program starring Al Jolson with guest George Jessel, illustrated with pictures of the stars from the era, giving the flavor of the performance. This clip from the existing 16 minute transcription of the broadcast features Al Jolson and George Jessel having fun with "Toot, Toot, Tootsie."

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