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The soldiers who fought this country's wars were called his "favorite audience" by Al Jolson. With this in mind, this performance from sixty-seven years ago shows what Jolie could do for that audience. Recorded in an Air Force Hanger in Japan, what may well be the last recorded performance of Al Jolson, as he entertained troops in September, 1950. The quality of the recording is not the best, but the material and presentation are superb, and serve to show us why Al Jolson remained on top through the end of his life, and remains there today.
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Jolson in front of his favorite audience

The Kraft Music HallIn many ways, the Kraft Music Hall represented the peak of the comeback of Al Jolson. Here is more information about the program, including a complete listing of guest stars, and the review from Variety of the opening program.

Al Jolson's Lifebuoy Program With 99 programs broadcast over almost 2½ years, there are precious few transcriptions of this largest body of Jolson broadcast work. Here is a little bit about Al Jolson's Cafe Trocadero, later The Al Jolson Program, and a look at some of the material the IAJS has added to the catalog.

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Still Available
Please continue to enjoy the programs from last month throughout this coming month as well. Of course, the same holds for this month next month!
Jolson on Gershwin Memorial
08 Sep 37
Jolson at Belmont Park
16 Sep 33
Jolson on Berlin Tribute
03 Aug 38
Jolson on Contact Program
August 42
Jolson on Treasury Bond Show
13 Aug 41
Jolson on Baltimore radio
Sept 1949
Polio Show
Jolson on Lifebuoy
07 Sep 37

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Updated 17 Sep 17