Marc likes to be as authentic as possible. Marc George is ideal for any event, venue and occasion requiring a tribute singer. Al himself enjoyed performing in blackface makeup, a theatrical convention since the mid 19th century.
With his unique dynamic style of singing black music, such as jazz and blues, he was later credited with single-handedly introducing African-American music to white audiences. In 1911 Al became known for fighting against anti-black discrimination on Broadway.
Marc George – Al Jolson Tribute
Al Jolson (born Asa Yoelson; May 26, 1886 – October 23, 1950) was an American singer, film actor and comedian. At the peak of his career, he was dubbed “The World’s Greatest Entertainer.” Al’s performing style was brash and extroverted and he popularised a large number of songs that benefited from his “shamelessly sentimental, melodramatic approach.”
Numerous well-known singers were influenced by his music, including Bing Crosby, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart and others. Dylan once referred to him as “somebody whose life I can feel.” Broadway critic Gilbert Seldes compared him to the Greek god Pan, claiming that Jolson represented “the concentration of our national health and gaiety.” He died just weeks after returning to the U.S., partly owing to the physical exertion of performing.
Defence Secretary George Marshall posthumously awarded him the Medal of Merit. Jolson also enjoyed performing in blackface makeup, a theatrical convention since the mid-19th century. With his unique and dynamic style of singing black music, such as jazz and blues, he was later credited with single-handedly introducing African-American music to white audiences. As early as 1911, he became known for fighting against black discrimination on Broadway. (Wikipedia).
Al Jolson Tribute
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