Al's opening number dates way back to his Winter Garden days, with "Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula." Following that, after the usual bantering with Oscar Levant, Mr. Levant does justice to a Rachmaninoff piece. Again, we do not have a title for this number, so if anyone knows what piece it is, please let me know!
Continuing with older songs, Jolson then sings "The Traumerei." It wasn't written as a song, but some guy put words to it and, well, I guess we'll hear from Schumann in the morning! This was one of the first songs that Jolson ever recorded, still on the Victor label.
Jolson has two more songs in this segment, Gershwin's wonderful "It Ain't Necessarily So," and "Hannah In Savannah."
Joined by Lucille Ball, Al and Oscar then do a radio skit, "Asa Yoelson - Private Eye."
Al closed the show with an Irving Berlin favorite, "What'll I Do?"
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|This is an excerpt of the 22 Jan 1948 broadcast of the Kraft Music Hall, starring Al Jolson. While Lucille Ball was the guest on this week's show, you will have to listen to the full show on the link at the left to hear her mix it up with Jolie; this except includes Jolson and Oscar Levant from the middle of the show. Jolson and Levant kibbitzed with songs old and new, including "The Traumerei," "It Ain't Necessarily So," and "Hannah In Savannah." And, of course, pictures of Oscar and Al.|
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