Al Jolson Home Page|His Works|Radio|23 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.


Groucho - Al - Oscar Groucho Marx, Al Jolson and Oscar Levant

After last week's appearance by Bing Crosby, who best to make an appearance but the one, the only, GROUCHO! You bet your life!

Groucho Marx guest stared on this program, broadcast on October 23, 1947, exactly three years before Al Jolson's death. It was the first of many such appearances by Groucho, who would be the guest on the final episode of the Kraft Music Hall in May, 1949.

Al Jolson opened the show with a lively rendition of "I'm Sitting On Top Of The World."

In his segment, Oscar Levant then performed "Claire de Lune."

After that Al let a little smoke get in his eyes, but only a little. Listen, and you'll see what I mean.

Jolson followed this with the introduction of a new song, "If I Only Had A Match," which he liked so much he sang it twice!

Joining the show at this point, Groucho made his typically irreverent entrance and segued into a routine that could be called "A Doctor for Jolson," but might just as well be called "A Doctor, A Lawyer, and Groucho for Jolson." Listen carefully, or you might miss something. Then again, you can always listen again!

Al Jolson then closed the program with a song he had introduced years ago. One if Irving Berlin's finest numbers, it tells the tale of a man who understand what is really valuable in this world. A prescient song for the date, listen to Jolson sing "When I Leave The World Behind" to close the show.


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     This is an excerpt of the 23 Oct 1947 broadcast of the Kraft Music Hall, starring Al Jolson with guest Groucho Marx. The excerpt begins with Jolson singing a new song, "If I Only Had A Match," and continues with Groucho trying to be a doctor for Jolson. Of course there are pictures of Jolson and Groucho, along with some illustrations and information about the song.


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