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Al Jolson's death in 1950....

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October 27, 1950

THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 27, 1950

* Al Jolson death report & funeral
* "The Jazz Singer" fame

This 54 page newspaper has one column headlines on page 30 that include: "THOUSANDS MOURN JOLSON ON COAST", "Jessel in Tribute at Temple in Hollywood Calls Singer Inspiration to U.S. Jewry". Nice to have in this famous NYC title. Other news of the day throughout. Minor margin wear, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: Al Jolson (May 26, 1886 – October 23, 1950) was an American singer, comedian and actor. In his heyday, he was dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer". He was born in Russia (now Lithuania) and immigrated to America at the age of five with his Jewish parents.

His performing style was brash and extroverted, and he popularized a large number of songs that benefited from his "shamelessly sentimental, melodramatic approach". Numerous well-known singers were influenced by his music, including Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, rock and country entertainer Jerry Lee Lewis, and Bob Dylan, who once referred to him as "somebody whose life I can feel".

Category: The 20th Century