On This Day

Al Jolson

Full Name: Asa Yoelson
Profession: Jazz Singer and Silent Actor

Born: May 26, 1886
Birthplace: Seredžius, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: October 23, 1950 (aged 64)

Historical Events

  • 1912-04-17 1st unofficial gold record (Al Jolson's "Ragging The Baby To Sleep")
  • 1922-02-11 "April Showers" by Al Jolson hits #1
  • 1925-01-07 Musical "Big Boy" with Al Jolson premieres in NYC
  • 1927-10-06 "The Jazz Singer", directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy, released, 1st film with a soundtrack (Honorary Academy Award 1928)