Al Jolson Home Page|His Works|Radio|05 Feb 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.

Ed Gardner and Al Jolson Ed "Archie" Gardner and Al Jolson

Another radio star, Ed "Archie" Gardner of "Duffy's Tavern" joined Al Jolson in this week's Kraft Music Hall, originally broadcast on Thursday, February 5, 1948.

Claiming the song had nothing to do with the upcoming Presidential election, which would be won by Harry S Truman, Jolie opened the show with the Blake and Sissle number, "I'm Just Wild About Harry." Following that, Oscar Levant played a beautiful Chopin Polonaise.

After a commercial, Jolson sang about a girl, a favorite of George M. Cohan, "Mary Is A Grand Old Name." Following that a bit of a Levant number, "Lady Play That Mandolin." Then a bit of "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," and some more banter which is part of the "Jolson and Levant" Decca album. Finally, Jolson concluded the segment with Rodgers and Hammerstein's "A Fellow Needs A Girl."

Ed Gardner appeared at this point, with a call to Duffy, and a search for a new singer for Duffy's Tavern. Enjoy the jokes about Jolson's age, songs, and Levant's abilities.

Al Jolson concludes the program with the great Vincent Youmans, William Rose, Edward Eliscu song "Without A Song." As with many songs of the era, this song is performed with the original lyrics, which may offend some listeners. Although the song is now performed with revised words, I hope you can appreciate the original version of the piece.


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     This is an excerpt of the 05 Feb 1948 broadcast of the Kraft Music Hall, starring Al Jolson. While Ed "Archie" Gardner was the guest on this week's show, you will have to listen to the full show on the page to hear his segment; this except includes Al Jolson's opening and closing numbers from the show, along with a little dialog with announcer, Ken Carpenter. Enjoy Jolson singing "I'm Just Wild About Harry," and "Without A Song." Pictures of Jolson singing, and chatting with Ken Carpenter, make it seem more real.


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