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Paul Whiteman - 100% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 March 1890, Denver, Colorado, USA, d. 29 December 1967, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA. Whiteman’s father was a distinguished music teacher and a career in music seemed the most natural thing for the youngster to follow. A tall, heavily-built individual, Whiteman first learned classical violin, and in his teens was a member of the local symphony orchestra. During Worl Read more

Eddie Cantor - 82% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Vocals Vocals
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Israel Iskowitz, 31 January 1892, New York City, New York, USA, d. 10 October 1964, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. An extremely popular comedian, singer and dancer who was prominent in several areas of showbusiness from the 20s through to the 50s. Cantor’s performances were highly animated, seeing him jumping up and down, with hands gesticulating an Read more

Dick Haymes - 47% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Benjamin Haymes, 13 September 1916, Buenos Aires, Argentina, d. 28 March 1980, Los Angeles, California, USA. One of the outstanding ballad singers to emerge from the swing era of the late 30s/early 40s, with a deep, warm baritone voice and a straightforward style similar to Bob Manning, another singer who was popular in the 50s. Son of a Scottish father, and an Irish Read more

Fred Astaire - 41% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Easy Listening Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Frederick Austerlitz, 10 May 1899, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, d. 22 June 1987, Los Angeles, California, USA. One of the greatest - with Gene Kelly - and best-loved dancers in the history of film. The son of an Austrian immigrant, by the age of seven Astaire was dancing in vaudeville with his sister, Adele Astaire (b. Adele Marie Austerlitz, 10 September 1897, Omaha, Nebraska, USA Read more

Frankie Laine - 37% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Francesco Paolo LoVecchio, 30 March 1913, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 6 February 2007, San Diego, California, USA. Laine had been a chorister at the Immaculate Conception Church in his city’s Sicilian quarter before entering showbusiness proper on leaving school. For nearly a decade he travelled as a singing waiter, dancing instructor (with a victory in a 1932 dance mara Read more

Judy Garland - 37% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Frances Ethel Gumm, 10 June 1922, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA, d. 22 June 1969, Chelsea, London, England. The Gumms were a theatrical family. Parents Frank and Ethel had appeared in vaudeville as Jack and Virginia Lee, and later, with the addition of their first two daughters, Mary Jane and Virginia, they appeared locally as ‘The Four Gumms’. ‘Baby Frances Read more

Danny Kaye - 36% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Children's Music Comedy Easy Listening Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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David Daniel Kaminski, 18 January 1913, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 3 March 1987, Los Angeles, California, USA. Kaye was an extraordinary entertainer and an apparently inexhaustible comedian, mimic and dancer who seemed to be able to twist his face and body into any shape he wanted. As a singer, he specialized in very fast double talk and tongue twisters, but Read more

The Andrews Sisters - 36% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Female vocal group comprising sisters LaVerne (6 July 1911, Mound, nr. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, d. 8 May 1967, Brentwood, California, USA), Maxene (b. 3 January 1916, Mound, nr. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, d. 21 October 1995, Boston, Massachusetts, USA) and Patty Andrews (b. 16 February 1918, Mound, nr. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA), lead singer and soloist. In the early Read more

Johnny Mercer - 35% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Jazz Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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John Herndon Mercer, 18 November 1909, Savannah, Georgia, USA, d. 25 June 1976, Los Angeles, California, USA. A distinguished lyricist, composer and singer, Mercer was an important link with the first generation of composers of indigenous American popular music such as Jerome Kern and Harry Warren, through to post-World War II writers like Henry Mancini. Along the way, he co Read more

The Ink Spots - 35% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The original line-up of this enduring US black vocal group comprised Jerry Franklin Daniels (14 December 1915, USA, d. 7 November 1995, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; lead tenor/guitar), Orville ‘Hoppy’ Jones (b. 17 February 1902, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 18 October 1944, New York City, New York, USA; bass), Charlie Fuqua (b. 20 October 1910, USA, d. 21 December 197 Read more

Cab Calloway - 33% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Cabell Calloway, 25 December 1907, Rochester, New York, USA, d. 18 November 1994, Cokesbury Village, Hockessin, Delaware, USA. Involved in showbusiness from an early age, vocalist Calloway was an occasional drummer and MC, working mostly in Baltimore, where he was raised, and Chicago, where he relocated in the late 20s. He worked with his sister Blanche, and then, in 1929, h Read more

Gracie Fields - 33% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Grace Stansfield, 9 January 1898, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, d. 27 September 1979, Capri, Italy. A singer and comedienne, so popular in the UK during the 30s and 40s that she was its most famous person next to Royalty. Educated occasionally, in-between work in a cotton mill and playing in juvenile troupes, pierrot shows and revues, she took her first big step in 1918 whe Read more

Doris Day - 29% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Doris Von Kappelhoff, 3 April 1922, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. One of popular music’s premier post-war vocalists and biggest names, Kappelhoff originally trained as a dancer, before turning to singing at the age of 16. After changing her surname to Day, she became the featured singer with the Bob Crosby Band. A similarly successful period with the Les Brown Band saw her rec Read more

Vera Lynn - 29% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Easy Listening Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Vera Welch, 20 March 1917, London, England. A much-loved singer with a clear, strong, plaintive voice, who is held in great esteem by British audiences because of her work in entertaining service personnel during World War II. At the age of seven she was singing regularly in working men’s clubs, and later joined a dancing troupe until she was 15. She made her first broa Read more

Annette Hanshaw - 28% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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18 October 1901, New York City, New York, USA, d. 12 March 1985. In 1926 Hanshaw, who had no particular ambitions to be a professional singer, was heard by an executive of Pathé Records and offered a recording contract. For the next eight years she made numerous records, radio broadcasts and film appearances before tiring of the showbusiness life. Although immensely p Read more


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