The Al Jolson Project: Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away)

Ruby Keeler

Ruby Keeler

A song composed by George Gershwin with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Gus Kahn, it was introduced in 1929 by Ruby Keeler in Florenz Ziegfeld’s musical Show Girl. The stage performances were accompanied by the Duke Ellington Orchestra. On the show’s opening night, Keeler’s husband Al Jolson suddenly stood up from his seat in the third row and sang a chorus of the song, much to the surprise of the audience and Gershwin himself. Jolson later recorded the song, and his rendition rose to number nine on the charts.

In the latest installment of the Entertainment Plus Creations Al Jolson Project, Larry DeAngelo sings this somewhat lesser-known gem from the Jolson legacy. You can listen to this just-released Liza by clicking here (where you can download for $0.99 or listen for free by scrolling to the bottom).

For more information about the Al Jolson Project:

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet: The Al Jolson Project

April Showers: The Al Jolson Project

Holiday special: Kol Nidre – The Al Jolson Project

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Ed Zwirn is a journalist/editorial professional with a focus on financial trends and practices. He lives out in the woods in Bethel, NY, not far from where the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival was held in 1969. As a financial writer, his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, CFO Magazine and news services including Dow Jones Newswires and Informa Global Markets. Ed also spent three years in Ukraine, where he ran an English-language news service. He now divides his time between his freelance journalism, song and poetry writing, and barbequing and lawn-mowing on his 2.5 acre property.