Al Jolson Home Page|His Works|Radio|08 Jan 48 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.

William Powell and Al Jolson William Powell and Al Jolson

Al Jolson opened this Kraft Music Hall, originally broadcast on Thursday, January 8, 1948, with a song from his show Robinson Crusoe, Jr., "Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday On Saturday Night?" You just have to listen to the lyrics to imagine what fun Al could have with this song off the air!

He then confirmed the rumor that Erle and Al adopted a little boy, Asa Jr. After some discussion of the new father's age, Oscar Levant then offered a nice, classical number for little Asa'ka, Debussy's "Claire de Lune."

After discussing the composer of the previous piece, check the accents, Al then got a little bit ethnic, if not after his own folks, and gave out with a little rendition of "My Wild Irish Rose," and "Mother McCree." He then sang another song he had introduced on the Music Hall a few weeks back, "If I Only Had A Match."

Well known from his role as Florenz Ziegfeld, among others, William Powell was this week's guest star. Fans of the movie "Men in Black" will be delighted to know that the skit Mr. Powell joins Jolson and Levant in might be called "Men in White." That's enough of a description for this bit!

The closing number of this week's Kraft Music Hall was introduced by Marilyn Miller, but is done quite well by Jolson! Listen to and enjoy "Look For The Silver Lining."

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     This is an excerpt of the 08 Jan 1947 broadcast of the Kraft Music Hall, starring Al Jolson. While William Powell was the guest on this week's show, this excerpt includes Jolson and Oscar Levant from the middle of the show. Jolson sang "My Wild Irish Rose" and "Mother Machree," followed by "If I Only Had A Match." As always, seeing Oscar and Al on the Kraft Music Hall let you imagine being in the audience, watching the magic.

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