Jolson, Al [Yoelson, Asa]
- Howard Goldstein
(b Srednice [now Seredzius], Lithuania, ? May 26, 1886; d San Francisco, Oct 23, 1950). American popular singer. Jolson’s father, Moshe, was a rabbi and cantor who emigrated to Washington, DC, in 1890. His family arrived in 1894, and soon after this the young Al began appearing in burlesques and vaudeville in various partnerships that often included his older brother Harry (...