l Q: I have three Al Jolson records in an Al Jolson souvenir album. The songs are “Carolina in the Morning,” “Liza,” “When You Were Sweet 16,” “Waiting for the Robert E. Lee,” “Toot, Toot, Tootsie,” and “Back in Your Own Backyard.” Any information about these recordings would be appreciated.
l A: Your records don’t have much value. They were issued in the late 1940s on the Decca label, and one record is missing from the set. Generally, 78s released in the 1940s and 1950s by pop vocalists are lucky to fetch $5, even in top condition. The few valuable Al Jolson 78s are on the Brunswick, Columbia and Victor labels from the 1920s and 1930s. But even those aren’t really that rare.
— Tim Neely, price guide editor
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