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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.
Harry had refused Al's request to take care of Joe Palmer, who was in a wheelchair, while he was dating.
Defense Secretary George Marshall posthumously awarded him the Medal of Merit. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, "Jolson was to jazz, blues, and ragtime what Elvis Presley was to rock 'n' roll." Being the first popular singer to make a spectacular event out of singing a song, he became a rock star before the dawn of rock music.Mary's Industrial School for Boys, a progressive reformatory/home for orphans run by the Xaverian Brothers in Baltimore (the same school which would later be attended by Babe Ruth).Upon being introduced to show business in 1895 by entertainer Al Reeves, Asa and Hirsch became fascinated by the industry, and by 1897 the brothers were singing for coins on local street corners, using the names "Al" and "Harry".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.