|On Stage|Memorializers|Jerry Lewis
It's been no secret that Jerry Lewis, who started out as a stand-up comedian and eventually captured all facets of show business, is a Jolson fan. Every year, as he raises millions of dollars for muscular dystrophy research and treatment, he makes at least one Jolson song, "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody," part of the program. But Jerry's work with Jolson material goes back further than many might think. In 1959, he starred in a television adaptation of The Jazz Singer, with Jack Robin portrayed as a comedian rather than a singer; chanting the Kol Nidre prayer in synagogue in a clown's make-up in the dramatic closing of the show. And a few years before, he recorded several Jolson songs as part of an album, along with several other singles. Click the picture, or this text link, to hear his version of "My Mammy," recorded on April 30, 1957, and originally released on Decca #30345.
If you'd like to get a copy of Jerry Lewis singing Jolson songs, including the "My Mammy" cut above, along with "Rock-A-Bye," "I'm Sitting On Top Of The World," "Back In Your Own Backyard," "It All Depends on You," and "Let Me Sing And I'm Happy," you want to get the re-release of the album on CD, called "Jerry Lewis... Just Sings!" With the cuts above, and others to total sixteen songs and an outtake track, this is a fun album for your collection, and very affordable. Click on the picture or this text link to purchase this CD from Amazon.com.