PE0153. WILL OAKLAND: Will Oakland Jubilee, incl. 14 titles, also featuring Billy Murray, Albert Campbell, Henry Burr, William F. Hooley & Heidelberg Quintet. (Canada) Archeophone SP-WOJ-03, recorded 1909-54, partially Live Performances. - 778632901988
"Star of the minstrel stage, singer on hundreds of records, personality of radio and television, and the man who discovered Al Jolson, Will Oakland had a career that spanned more than 50 years. Celebrating his golden jubilee as a performer, he recorded a commemorative LP with stories and snippets of old records and gave them to friends and fans. Made in 1954, this extraordinary souvenir has been the subject of rumors by collectors but has never been available commercially — until now.
Possessing a true counter-tenor voice throughout his entire life, Oakland was a one-of-a-kind performer . He reminisces about his minstrel days and the excitement of making records at the dawn of the acoustic era — and plays examples of his solos, duets with Billy Murray, trios with Campbell and Burr, and ensemble work with the Heidelberg Quintet. And, to the thunderous applause of live television audiences, Oakland rounds out his jubilee celebration with new recordings."
-Zillah Dorset Akron