Al Jolson Home Page|His Works|Radio|20 Nov 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.

Charles Boyer and Al Jolson Charles Boyer and Al Jolson
Listen very closely at the beginning of this program, broadcast on Thursday, November 20, 1947, and you'll hear Al telling the folks to "go crazy" for the opener! Al Jolson then tears the place apart with "Hello, 'Tucky, Hello!" A few topical jokes, including a mention of the Princess' Wedding Day, are followed by Oscar Levant's number. This appears to be improvisations on the second and third movement of Gershwin's Piano Concerto.

After a word about cream cheese, Al and Oscar play with "Ochichornya," and other operatic numbers. Al then sings "The Anniversary Song."

Charles Boyer joins the show at this point and, after some talk about women, the three guys produce "The Charles Boyer Story." Don't miss the French version of "April Showers!"

Al concludes the show with a tribute to Jerome Kern, and a magnificent rendition of "Old Man River."

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

Click this link to listen to
this week's program in
Real Audio format

Real Audio Link Page
Use this link to get
a player for Real Audio
if you don't have one.
     This is an excerpt of the 20 Nov 1947 broadcast of the Kraft Music Hall, starring Al Jolson. Charles Boyer was the guest star on this broadcast, but to hear his portion you will have to check the radio show page. Here, enjoy Al Jolson joking with Oscar Levant, and singing songs from "Ochi Chornya" to "The Anniversary Song." Pictures of Oscar and Al add some presence to the music.

If you came here from a link or search engine
Click here to return to the main page of this site

This listing and material Copyright © 1995-2017 Marc I. Leavey, M.D. Baltimore, Maryland
Updated 23 Nov 08
Updated 20 Nov 11
Updated 23 Nov 14
Updated 19 Nov 17