The International Al Jolson Society and A.J.Recordings present
Al Jolson - The World's Greatest Entertainer
The World's Greatest Entertainer

This website is dedicated to the man who was known as The World's Greatest Entertainer, a superstar before the word was coined, and whose musical heritage created much of the entertainment industry we know today. With text, photos, music and more, here is the source to learn about Al Jolson, the master showman of American theatre, whose career spanned fifty years of American Music history. If you have never heard Jolson, you are in for a treat, as many of these pages contain excerpts from some of his most popular or memorable songs. As Jolie would have said,
"You ain't heard nothin' yet!"

In support of this country and all that it stands for; for those who have lost loved ones because they were Americans; for our friends from other countries who are with us; and those who stand ready to defend this country; here is Al Jolson with words from the past, that still ring true today!

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Biographical and Personal Information about Al Jolson, his wives and children; Al Jolson's legacy; Quizzes on Jolson; Bibliography of books about Al Jolson A Multimedia extravaganza of audio and video files of Jolson's works. See and hear the World's Greatest Entertainer! Current stage, screen, and broadcast programs featuring Al Jolson and Jolson images Links to Jolson's friends and related websites Events, Features, and Application for the International Al Jolson Society
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Al Jolson at Hammerstein's Victoria, January 1910
Before Broadway, Al Jolson made a name for himself on the Vaudeville circuit. Above is an ad and article from his January 16, 1910, appearance at Hammerstein's Victoria. Note that although billed as the Lone Minstrel, the article says that he will "tell some stories." The Jolson we know had yet to mature. Then on February 28, 1910, 108 years ago, Jolson was on the bill with a variety of top acts at Keith & Proctor's Fifth Avenue. If you've ever wondered what such a show might contain, here is a look at the entertainment packaged into this early Jolson performance.

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. Updated 18 Feb 18.