"The Anniversary Song" Sung By Al Jolson
By Michael Woolf
"Ivanovici Rules The Waves"
Hmmm. Maybe Al Jolson was aware of copyright law but in 1946 composer
Josef Ivanovici had been dead for only 41 years.
'Jolie' was a little off-hand in these matters. He sang "Avalon" in
defiance of Puccini's "E lucevan le stelle" from "Tosca," and he was
not ashamed to plagiarise from the little man -- British Music Hall
star Billy Merson went bust trying to get from Jolson his credit for
"The Spaniard That Blighted My Life."
A great artist Jolson: shame about the ethics.
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