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From 1911 through 1950, Al Jolson amassed a body of over 200 recordings on four labels. Here is your chance to listen to old favorites and discover new gems.

Beginning with a George M. Cohan song in 1911, and ending with a set of Steven Foster melodies in 1950, the span of Al Jolson's studio recordings is enormous. It includes the first "million seller" recording, "Sonny Boy," as well as songs regarded as standards even today. The World's Greatest Entertainer left us quite a legacy in his recorded works, recording for four companies over forty years. Here are complete discographies for those recordings, on each label.
Victor
Columbia
Brunswick
Decca



Between the songs recorded during September, only on one label, and the alternate takes at the end, we have but fifteen tracks. With four Sundays this month, that averages out to just three or four cuts weekly. Just enough to keep you going through the month!
September Recording Page.

Only ten songs were recorded during August, split among three labels. A couple of very well known numbers were included, though, so the list remains quite entertaining. Here's the whole month's worth, a little Jolson to keep you going until Autumn arrives.
August Recording Page.




The Permanent Collection
Permanent Collection
If you love the voice of Al Jolson, if you've never really heard the voice of Al Jolson, or if you are somewhere in between, there are those songs that you've just got to hear. Assembled here are more than two dozen songs that comprise the "essential" Al Jolson. Spanning his career from youth to senior singer, songs from recordings, film, and radio are represented. Some of them are standards, some of them are special, all of them are testimony to the talent that was Al Jolson. Listen to them in the Permanent Collection.

While the Permanent Collection represents the fan's picks of Jolson's songs, Al had his say, too. In June, 1948, Jolson featured his favorites in Song Hits magazine. Have a look, and don't be too surprised at the selection! Al Jolson's Picks!

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Updated 03 Sep 17