[Loscho_Enews] Fwd: Al Jolson in Everett -- Everett Public Library in August

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From: *Kate Larsen* <KLarsen at everettwa.gov>
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Subject: Al Jolson in Everett -- Everett Public Library in August
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*August 4, 2015*

*Press Release for: David Dilgard*

*For Immediate Release*

*Al Jolson in Everett*



The Northwest Room’s David Dilgard commemorates the 1915 appearance at
Everett Theatre of legendary entertainer Al  Jolson in an event at 2 p.m.
Saturday, August 22 in the Everett Public Library Auditorium, 2702 Hoyt in
Everett.



As a vaudeville song-and-dance man, Al Jolson first appeared in Everett in
1906, when his manager absconded with the cash, leaving Jolson high and
dry. His career was on the upswing on his return to Everett nine years
later. He was the headliner of a road show version of his first big
Broadway hit, a musical revue called *Dancing Around*. Light on plot and
character development, *Dancing Around* featured Jolson in minstrel-style
blackface as a character called Gus. On occasion Jolson would dismiss the
other performers and take over the stage as a solo act, and he could add
and subtract musical numbers to suit his mood and complement his record
sales.



When the show reached Everett the hottest songs in the production were
“Sister Susie’s Sewing Shirt For Soldiers” and “When The Grown Up Ladies
Act Like Babies I Gotta Love ‘Em That’s All,” both available as Jolson
recordings on Columbia  Records. On this, the hundredth anniversary of
Jolson’s appearance in Everett, Dilgard plays vintage recordings of these
two songs, and provides context and background needed to understand the
songs, Jolson, and his time.



For further information, please call 425-257-8000.



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-- 
Karen Prasse
League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations
info at snocoheritage.org
www.snocoheritage.org


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