Any information given within this site pertaining to media happenings on radio, television, concerts, shows, movies etc, based on generally an Al Jolson connection, should always be checked for confirmation (dates etc) with the appropriate organizations.
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WEBSITE aljolson.weebly.com
As the title implies this site is devoted to the entertainer who more than anybody ever has been referred to as THE WORLD'S GREATEST ENTERTAINER. Plus at the same time not only focus on the activities of the Australian society
devoted to him, but also periodically the many different performers past and present who in some way or another have some connection with him, either via some direct means or an influential one. This varies from people like Bing Crosby and Eddie Cantor to Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart.
It will also focus over time on all the aspects of entertainment Al Jolson was involved in and had a profound impact on, which is undoubtedly every aspect of it. Details of course regarding releases of commercial Al Jolson and other products will also when possible be included. The preferred option of course to have the opportunity to participate more thoroughly in the above mentioned and to have more opportunity to participate in functions presenting rare movies, documentaries, live performances, special audio features, tributes, interviews etc, and/or to purchase them, along with ongoing newsletters, articles, photos, magazines, sheet music, and various paraphernalia, is to join or participate in the activities of the JOLSON SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA write to 10 Banstead Nook Craigieburn Vic 3064. If interested please send a contact (name and address ONLY) to the above address or email firstname.lastname@example.org
$12 single $20 double or $32 family or group of 4 for a 4 mailings (newsletters etc) issued period.
$4 single $6 double $8 family or group of 4 for a 4 mailings (invitations etc and guaranteed entry to functions) issued
Make cheques and money orders payable to Margaret Thomas. However everybody (members or not) are most welcome to attend all functions and to participate in merchandise, activities etc, that are then available.
Australian show biz celebrity Reg Gorman who appeared in “The Sullivans” and numerous other Australian television, stage, and movie productions, had HONORARY MEMBERSHIP of the JOLSON SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA
bestowed upon him on July 23 2012 at the society function. Sincerely humbled he addressed those present relating his admiration for Al Jolson, what the society is doing, and his beginnings into entertainment via his impressions
of Al Jolson and Jerry Lewis. Other HONORARY MEMBERS of the Jolson Society Of Australia the late Max Bygraves, Issi Dye, Eddie (Al) Williams, Kevin Trask, Loris Young.
THE FOLLOWING COMMERCIAL AL JOLSON PRODUCTS SHOULD CURRENTLY BE AVAILABLE
(check first for confirmation)
The Jazz Singer - 3 disc set re-mastered plus extras www.amazon.com
The Jolson Story/Jolson Sings Again - 1 disc JB HI FI
All Al Jolson movies on the Warner Brothers Archive Collection -
Rose Of Washington Square -
Swanee River -
Hallelujah I'm A Bum www.amazon.com
Available also from other specialist stores and the internet.
The Jazz Singer released on Blu-ray
AVAILABLE MERCHANDISE (overseas)
Celebrity Profiles Publishing – Richard Grudens
PO Box 344 Main St Stonybrook New York 11790-0344 USA phone (631) 862-8555 fax (631) 862-0139 email email@example.com www.richardgrudens.com
Has an assortment of books available on Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine, Bob Hope, Big Bands etc. Prices are reasonable including discounts for bulk ordering. The author Richard Grudens personally knew many of the celebrities featured and/or performers etc associated with them. Many rare and unseen photos are included.
AVAILABLE MERCHANDISE (local)
Movies Movies Movies – Ken Henderson
PO Box 63 Highett Vic 3190
phone (03) 95551105 mobile
0409546209 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Has DVDs of Al Jolson and virtually everything and everybody that ever was.
Crystal Stream Audio - Ian Dodds
PO Box 700 Buninyong Vic 3357
phone (03) 53412436
Has available rare Al Jolson CDs, unheard rare alternate performances etc, plus a great range of assorted general vintage product.
THE FOLLOWING RADIO STATIONS PERIODICALLY PLAY JOLSON SONGS
ETC AND GIVE REFERENCES TO THE SOCIETY AND UPCOMING EVENTS ETC
Sundays 12pm-2.00pm with Kevin Trask 3INR 96.5 FM
Warringal Shopping Centre Heidelberg Vic 3084 PO Box 410 Heidelberg Vic 3084
phone (03) 94571718 fax (03) 94574674
email email@example.com www.innerfm.org.au
“Music Music Music”
Tuesdays 10am-12noon with Loris Young 3WBC 94.1 FM
27 Bank St Box Hill Vic 3128 PO Box 159 Box Hill Vic 3128
phone (03) 92854848 (03) 92854846 fax (03) 92854849
This program includes each week an AL JOLSON AND BING CROSBY SEGMENT 11am-11.20am approx with rare recordings, radio and movie extracts, duets, interesting commentary and more.
"Sweethearts Of Yesterday"
Sundays 5am-8am with Ian Hogan THE PULSE 94.7 FM
60-70 Little Ryrie St Geelong Vic 3220
phone (03) 52225947 (03) 52296504
Tuesdays 1pm-2pm with Bob Appleton & Ron Welsh THE PULSE 94.7 FM
(details as above)
Tuesdays 8pm-11pm with Kevin Morrish EASTERN RADIO 98.1 FM
23 Hull St Croydon Vic 3136 Locked Bag 981 Croydon Vic 3136
phone (03) 97229981 (03) 97249888 fax (03) 97237305
Mondays 12noon-2pm with Peter O'Brien EASTERN RADIO 98.1 FM
(details as above)
A good public response will of course encourage more. Please contact them for not only Al but the great music and entertainment of the golden days.
OTHER GREAT SOCIETIES
Australian Bing Crosby Society
Holds functions bi-monthly with movies, specials, documentaries, concerts etc, at the Collingwood community meeting room 11 Stanton St Abbotsford Vic 3067 at 7.30pm. Further information contact the secretary Peter De Ryk 11 Holden Rd Kallista Vic 3791 phone (03) 97553013.
International Sinatra Society
Holds functions bi-monthly with concerts, tributes, specials, documentaries, rare audio presentations etc, at Box Hill RSL 26 Nelson Rd Box Hill Vic 3128 at 7.45pm. Further information contact the secretary Val Razey 28 Emerald St Mount Waverley Vic 3149 phone (03) 98034002