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Al Jolson
Al Jolson
Actor Sayer Roberts
Seen Murdoch Schmurdoch
Gender Male
Status Historical
Relationships Harry Jolson, (brother)
Job Entertainer
Comments This is an article about a fictional representation of an historical character, location or other entity.
Al Jolson, American vaudeville entertainer, is first introduced in Season 11 of Murdoch Mysteries, played by Sayer Roberts.

History

Al Jolson, born Asa Yoelson, (1886 – 1950) was a Russian-born U.S. singer, songwriter and blackface comedian who performed in vaudeville and minstrel shows and starred in The Jazz Singer . He was dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer" at the peak of his career. With a brash and extroverted style, he popularised a large number of "shamelessly sentimental" songs. Broadway critic Gilbert Seldes compared him to the Greek god Pan, claiming that Jolson represented "the concentration of our national health and gaiety."

Al Jolson performed six songs in The Jazz Singer, the 1927 American musical drama film and the first feature-length motion picture with synchronized sound. His blackface performance of "My Mammy" on his knee heralded him national fame, but remains controversial to this date.

Appearances and Mentions

Murdoch Schmurdoch

  • Al and Harry Jolson are performing for One-Show-Only Fundraiser for Toronto’s first Yiddish Theatre when the owner of the building, Abraham Michaelson, dies on the stage during their performance.
  • John Brackenreid suggests to Al Jolson that he should try working in the moving pictures, which Jolson dismisses because "they don't even have any talking in them." Jolson is best known his starring role in The Jazz Singer, the first feature-length "talky".
  • Near the end of the episode, Jolson tells Watts that he has found his new shtick, before applying black makeup to his face. Jolson will appear in The Jazz Singer , singing "My Mammy" is an American popular song with music by Walter Donaldson and lyrics by Joe Young and Sam M. Lewis, in blackface in the old minstrel shows tradition.

Trivia

  • Numerous well-known singers were influenced by his music, including Bing Crosby, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, David Bowie and others. Dylan once referred to him as "somebody whose life I can feel."

Gallery

Murdoch Mysteries Season 11
Up From AshesMerlot Mysteries8 FootstepsThe Canadian PatientDr. Osler Regrets21 Murdoch StreetThe AccidentBrackenreid BoudoirThe Talking DeadF.L.A.S.H.!Biffers and BlockersMary WeptCrabtree à la CarteThe Great White MooseMurdoch SchmurdochGame of KingsShadows Are FallingFree Falling
Season 1Season 2Season 3Season 4Season 5Season 6Season 7Season 8Season 9Season 10Season 11Season 12


Murdoch Mysteries Season 11
Up From AshesMerlot Mysteries8 FootstepsThe Canadian PatientDr. Osler Regrets21 Murdoch StreetThe AccidentBrackenreid BoudoirThe Talking DeadF.L.A.S.H.!Biffers and BlockersMary WeptCrabtree à la CarteThe Great White MooseMurdoch SchmurdochGame of KingsShadows Are FallingFree Falling
Season 1Season 2Season 3Season 4Season 5Season 6Season 7Season 8Season 9Season 10Season 11Season 12
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