Bert was quick to recognise talent in a fellow artist….

Advertisement for Broadway Theatre on May 22, 1910 in the New York Sun newspaper. An evening at Vaudeville usually involved 7-8 different acts each usually given a 10 to 12 minute time slot to entertain.
This week at Hammerstein’s Victoria Theatre Bert and another young performer played minor billing to the original Adele, singer Adele Ritchie. This Billboard Magazine review of June 4 covers part of the evening with Bert opening his act declaring………
Bert was only too quick to acknowledge the young 24 year old Al Jolson’s talent. In 1910 Jolson had just split up from performing with his brother Harry and would not make a success of Vaudeville until the following year when he started at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.
The same Billboard review continues — Bert was right on a couple of facts above. Al Jolson was Jewish, his name wasn’t Issacs however, he was born Asa Yoelson in Russia in 1886. Al was married, however there were certainly no children in June 1910. Jolson married 4 times, had no children of his own, however, he did adopt 3 children with two of the wives.  

Wikipedia informs Jolson was referred to by modern critics as “the king of blackface performers”. With his dynamic style of singing jazz and blues, he became widely successful by extracting traditionally African-American music and popularizing it for white American audiences who would be unwilling to listen to it when performed by black artists. Wanting to know more on Jolson –

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