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Paul Whiteman - 100% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
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

Gene Austin - 85% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Eugene Lucas, 24 June 1900, Gainseville, Texas, USA, d. 24 January 1972, Palm Springs, California, USA. A singer, pianist, songwriter, and all-round entertainer, Austin was known as a ‘soft-voiced’ performer, with an intimate, appealing style. He joined a circus while in his teens, and then served as a bugler in the US Army during World War I. Later, he worked in v Read more

Eddie Cantor - 83% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Vocals
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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

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Ruth Etting - 60% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Soundtracks Vocals
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23 November 1896, David City, Nebraska, USA, d. 24 September 1978, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. This famous torch singer sang on radio and in Chicago nightclubs before making her Broadway debut in Ziegfeld Follies Of 1927 in which she made a tremendous impact with ‘Shaking The Blues Away’. In her next show, Whoopee! (1928), she introduced ‘Love Me Or Leave Read more

Al Bowlly - 58% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Vocals
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Sophie Tucker - 58% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sophie (or Sonia) Kalish-Abuza, 13 January 1884, in transit between Russia and Poland, d. 9 February 1966, New York, USA. A legendary performer of generous proportions, brassy and dynamic, who claimed to be The Last Of The Red-Hot Mamas. The daughter of Russian parents, Tucker was taken to the USA when she was three years old. Sophie’s father took the man’s name an Read more

Ethel Waters - 56% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ethel Howard, 31 October 1896, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 1 September 1977, Chatsworth, California, USA. One of the most influential of popular singers, Waters’ early career found her working in vaudeville. As a consequence, her repertoire was more widely based and popularly angled than those of many of her contemporaries. It is reputed that she was the first singer Read more

The Boswell Sisters - 54% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Jazz Radio Shows Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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The Boswell Sisters were Connee Boswell (3 December 1907, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 11 October 1976), Martha (b. 9 July 1905, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 1958) and Helvetia, known as Vet (b. 20 May 1911, d. 12 November 1988). Born into a white middle-class family and raised in New Orleans, the sisters broke with convention by developing a close interest in black musi Read more

Annette Hanshaw - 51% 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

Isham Jones - 49% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Vocals
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31 January 1894, Coalton, Ohio, USA, d. 19 October 1956, Hollywood, Florida, USA. A multi-instrumentalist, Jones was leading his own band by his late teens. He played mostly in the Chicago area until the early 20s, when he moved to New York. After a brief visit to the UK in 1924, he returned to form a new band, which by the end of the decade he had developed into an outstand Read more

Gracie Fields - 48% 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

Harry James - 44% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 March 1916, Albany, Georgia, USA, d. 5 July 1983, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Harry James’ father played trumpet in the band of a touring circus, and at first Harry played the drums, but then he, too, took up the trumpet and at the age of nine was also playing in the circus band. He showed such enormous promise that his father had soon taught him everything he knew. Harr Read more

Jimmy Dorsey - 44% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 February 1904, Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 12 June 1957, New York City, New York, USA. Musically active as a small child under the tutelage of his father, who was a coal miner turned music teacher, Dorsey switched from brass to reed instruments while still in his early teens. Concentrating on clarinet and alto saxophone, he played in various bands, mostly with his b Read more

Kay Kyser - 44% match to Al Jolson

Genres: Big Band & Swing
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James King Kern Kyser, 18 June 1906, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA, d. 23 July 1985, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. A popular band leader in the USA during the 30s and 40s, Kyser was born into an academically excellent family, and he too became a ‘professor’, though hardly in the conventional sense. While at high school he developed a flair for showmanship, a Read more

Vera Lynn - 44% match to Al Jolson

Genres: 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


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