Al Jolson Home Page|His Works|Radio|18 Dec 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 full length radio programs, in Real Audio format, for your enjoyment.

Jolie and Durante Al Jolson and Jimmie Durante

One week before Christmas, Al Jolson opened the show with "a little Christmas present," the song "Rosalie," for anyone of that name in the audience. He followed it with a "new" song making the rounds, "White Christmas." Listening to Jolie interpret the song makes you wish he has released it instead of that other singer.

Following Al's numbers, Oscar Levant played "The Miller's Dance." This was topped off by Ken Carpenter's cream cheese commercial.

Al Jolson then told the story of "I Wish I Had A Girl," briefly, then sang this classic Gus Kahn number.

Following this number, Jimmy Durante joined the folks at the Music Hall, and tried to convince Al and Oscar that what the Music Hall needed was a few changes, like the old schnozzola himself! They closed the set with one of Jimmy's classic numbers, performed by the team of Durante and Jolson!

To close the show, Al Jolson introduced the Kraft Choral Club, which sang "Ave Maria" and "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day."



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     This is an excerpt of the 18 Dec 1947 broadcast of the Kraft Music Hall, starring Al Jolson. Here is a great segment featuring Al's guest star, Jimmy Durante. With scripted comedy and blown lines, it's a classic radio bit. To top it off, Durante sang one of his classics, "Ciri Bee Ciri Bin," joined by Al Jolson. Some great broadcast photos of Al and Jimmy help you see the comedy while you listen to the clip.


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