Al Jolson – Carolina In The Morning 1947

Al Jolson (May 28, 1886 — October 23, 1950) was an American singer, comedian and actor. In his heyday, he was dubbed “The World’s Greatest Entertainer” “Carolina in the Morning” is a popular song with words by Gus Kahn and music by Walter Donaldson, first published during 1922 by Jerome H. Remick & Co. The song debuted on Broadway in the elaborate (and risqué) musical revue The Passing Show of 1922 at the Winter Garden Theater by William Frawley (who later sang it on an episode of I Love Lucy), where it generated moderate attention. Vaudeville performers incorporated it into their acts and helped popularize it. Notable recordings when the song was new were made by such artists as Marion Harris, Van & Schenck, and Al Jolson. “Carolina in the Morning” gradually became a standard song, being revived regularly as a popular song into the 1950s. Al Jolson’s 1947 re-recording of the song outsold the original. The original 1922 lyrics (now public domain in the United States due to age) are given below. The chorus remains well known, but the verses have generally been omitted from vocal performances since the early years of the song’s popularity. The verses give a hint of melancholy to the song, while the chorus on its own can be an almost ecstatic reverie. The popular chorus has a catchy melody, constructed more creatively by Walter Donaldson than most Tin Pan Alley popular songs of the era. Gus Kahn’s clever lyrics use playful wording and subsidiary rhymes within lines in a

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Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning (on ukulele) 1922

A fine melody from 1922 by Walter Donaldson. The arrangement is a day old, and I’m still practising it, but other things need to be done this weekend.

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