Al Jolson Home Page|His Works|Radio|30 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 William Bendix Al Jolson and William Bendix
Al Jolson celebrated National Radio Week at the opening of this program with a little bit of self-deprecating humor.

He then opened the show with a song from a Broadway production he was fond of, Brigadoon, singing "Almost Like Being In Love." Although he sang this song in duet on later shows, this solo version is a gem.

Oscar Levant then joined the show, with Al and Oscar doing their best to interpret the lines the writes had given them, with only partial success.

Levant's selection this week, which would become another Kraft Music Hall standard, was the Grieg Concerto.

Ken Carpenter then took center stage with the tale of Velveeta story.

After the break, Jolie sings a beautiful rendition of "I Only Have Eyes For You."

Al then teased with a few bars of "Look For The Silver Lining," which he promised to sing in next week's program (he didn't), but then rememberd his promise of last week, and sang "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes."

William Bendix then joined the program, with a comedy routine aimed at getting a Football Team for Jolson.

Thinking back to his early days in show business, Al Jolson then closed the show with "I Wonder What's Become of Sally."


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     This is an excerpt of the 30 Oct 1947 broadcast of the Kraft Music Hall, starring Al Jolson. From the fifth broadcast in the series, Al Jolson sang a song from a then new Broadway show, "Brigadoon," "It's Almost Like Being In Love," and then thought back to his earlier Broadway days with "I Wonder What's Become Of Sally." Photos of Jolson on the program complete the picture.


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