‘Al Jolson dies playing cards’ – San Francisco, 23 October 1950

Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Al Jolson, “The World’s Greatest Entertainer”, died of a heart attack while playing cards in a hotel in San Francisco on 23 October 1950 – he was 64.

Jolson had only recently returned from entertaining troops in Korea, and it was reported that he was exhausted – his last words are reputed to be “Boys, I’m going”.

Included below is a contemporary newspaper story that reports on the death of ‘the Jazz Singer’.

historical newspaper report on the death of al jolson

Derby Daily Telegraph – Tuesday 24 October 1950

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historical newspaper report on the death of al jolson


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