Asa Yoelson


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United States singer (born in Russia) who appeared in the first full-length talking film (1886-1950)

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"For any proud Scotsman, scoring the winner at Wembley is the stuff of dreams," said the former Scotland midfielder, whose real name is Richard but he was always called Asa by his father as a tribute to singer Al Jolson - whose real name was Asa Yoelson.
Asa Yoelson was born in what is now Lithuania in 1886, the son of a Jewish cantor who took his family to America.
This is the subject of my work on Jews, jazz, minstrelsy, and the career of Al Jolson, born Asa Yoelson in Seredzius, Lithuania.
Thanks mainly to a stimulating subject, an exceptionally well-crafted performance from Mike Burstyn (who sounds uncannily like the real Asa Yoelson) and a full complement of familiar standards, there's enough well-paced and accessible entertainment here to please older ands hungry for classic Broadway blood-and-guts pizzazz.
It was an improbable setting in which a little known Lithuanian emigrant named Asa Yoelson followed a big name vaudeville act onto a Broadway stage.