Al Jolson, a larger-than-life personality, especially on stage, was a powerful singer who emerged from the Jewish hotbed of talent in the New York of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Ignored now because of his early Minstrel style, he was a trail-blazer in popular music for nearly 50 years. He had incredible energy and late in life toured military camps around the world to entertain American troops.
In 1921 he had a big hit with the De Sylva/ Silvers composition ‘April Showers’. This is a fine and happy composition and its resurrection would signal a revival of American popular culture. Here in California we can only hope for April showers and the flowers that bloom in May. Enjoy Al’s version of April Showers and pray for rain!