Al Jolson Home Page|His Works|Radio|16 Oct 47 Kraft Music Hall

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.


Al Jolson and Bing Crosby Al Jolson and Bing Crosby
Frequently a guest star on other radio programs before he returned to the Kraft Music Hall, Al Jolson turned the table on this program, welcoming back a friend and former Kraft star as a guest on this program: Bing Crosby.

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.


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