The Platters’ SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES written by Jerome Kerns was held up by his widow until publisher Max Dreyfus helped change her mind by whispering gently, “Madame, this might be a million seller.” And it was in 1959.
JERRY LEE LEWIS on Al Jolson. “When I was 12, I walked into a theater in Ferriday Louisiana. They played a song by Al Jolsen, Down Among the Sheltering Pines. The way Jolsen did it, each word stood out like an electrified stop sign. I’ve never stopped admiring Al Jolsen.”