With this as the third Jolson program following Crosby's departure for the land of Philco, the show began with some banter between Jolson and Ken Carpenter, who was the announcer for both programs. Singer Melena Miller, who had graced the first two programs, was now absent from the show, a fact not even mentioned.
Jolson proved his worth and continuing vocal prowess with a rousing rendition of "For Me And My Gal."
Oscar Levant provided his segment's entertainment with the Tchaikovsky B-flat Piano Concerto.
Not to let it rest, Al Jolson finished this segment with that old standard, "Peg O' My Heart."
Introducing himself, Bing Crosby then joined Al and Oscar and, after a few more remarks about the "new" Music Hall, gave out with a rendition of "The Wiffenpoof Song." Of course, don't miss the Velveeta recipe commercials!
After more discussion of changes on the program, Al, Bing, and Oscar joined forces for the ending segment, a wonderful medley of George Gershwin songs. With excerpts from "Swanee," "Rhapsody in Blue," "Lady Be Good," "I've Got Rhythm," "Porgy and Bess," and many others, this is a unique ensemble.
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|This is an excerpt of the 16 Oct 1947 broadcast of the Kraft Music Hall, starring Al Jolson with guest Bing Crosby. This excerpt includes regular pianist Oscar Levant, in a wonderful medley of George Gershwin songs. The songs were not always sung by whom you might think, and there are photos of the stars to illustrate the show.|