Al Jolson (1886-1950) was born Asa Yoelson in Lithuania. At age 7, his family settled in Washington, DC. Jolson was a Broadway, minstrel, and vaudeville success. His inimitable style made classics of "California Here I Come," "My Mammy," "Toot Toot Tootsie," and "Swanee" and brought him a place in the history books as the star of the first talking picture, "The Jazz Singer."
Postal Bulletin (August 18, 1994).