Al Jolson Home Page|His Works|Radio|25 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.

Boris Karloff Boris Karloff

What better guest for this Christmas day show, broadcast Thursday, December 25, 1947, than the star of Frankenstein and The Mummy, Boris Karloff?

Al opened the show with a rousing rendition of one of his favorites, "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" Oscar then played the 2nd movement of the Grieg Concerto.

After telling us that "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," Al engaged Oscar in a little bit of noodling with opera bits, and then Al concluded with "Melancholy Baby." Asked to sing a new song, Al's response was "Near You."

Picking up on the Christmas theme, Boris Karloff joined the show as Santa Boris. You've just got to hear this one, rather than have me describe it.

Going way down deep in his trunk, Al closed with an oldie, "By The Light of the Silv'ry Moon."

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     This is an excerpt of the 25 Dec 1947 broadcast of the Kraft Music Hall, starring Al Jolson. While Boris Karloff was the guest on this week's show, you will have to listen to the full show on the page; this excerpt includes Jolson and Oscar Levant from the middle of the show. Jolson sang "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," and "Melancholy Baby." Levant noodled a bit on the piano, and Jolson responded with some opera with a Yiddish flavor. Several photos of Al and Oscar complete the picture.

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