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By 1906 He took up residence in San Francisco, saying the earthquake-devastated people needed someone to cheer them up.
In 1908 Jolson, needing money for himself and his new wife, Henrietta, returned to New York.
Asa gave a remarkable performance of "Be My Baby Bumble Bee" and the producer agreed to keep him for future shows.
Unfortunately, the show closed by the end of the year. During their time with Palmer, they were able to gain bookings in a nationwide tour.
In 1891, his father, who was qualified as a rabbi and cantor, moved to New York to secure a better future for his family.
By 1894, Moses Yoelson could afford to pay the fare to bring Naomi and their four children to the U. By the time they arrived, he had found work as a cantor at Talmud Torah Congregation in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood of Washington, D. Hard times hit the family when his mother, Naomi, died at 37 in early 1895.
By the end of the year, the circus had folded and Jolson was again out of work.
In May 1903, the head producer of the burlesque show Dainty Duchess Burlesquers agreed to give Jolson a part in one show.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was the first star to entertain troops overseas during World War II.Asa was able to avoid financial troubles by forming a vaudeville partnership with his brother Hirsch, now a vaudeville performer known as Harry Yoelson. However, live performances were falling in popularity as nickelodeons captured audiences; by 1908, nickelodeon theaters were dominant throughout New York City as well.While performing in a Brooklyn theater in 1904, In late 1905, Harry left the trio following an argument with Al.In 1909, Al's singing caught the attention of Lew Dockstader, the producer and star of Dockstader's Minstrels. Shubert, impressed by Jolson's overpowering display of energy, booked him for La Belle Paree, a musical comedy that opened at the Winter Garden in 1911. From then until 1926, when he retired from the stage, he could boast an unbroken series of smash hits." On March 20, 1911, Jolson starred in his first musical revue at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City, La Belle Paree, greatly helping to launch his career as a singer.Al accepted Dockstader's offer and became a regular blackface performer. The opening night drew a huge crowd to the theater, and that evening Jolson gained audience popularity by singing old Stephen Foster songs in blackface.