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"Avalon" - Al Jolson

 

(Now a jazz standard. Composed by Al Jolson, Buddy DeSylva and Vincent Rose)

 

The opening melody of the tune is actually a lift from Giacomo Puccini’s aria “E Lucevan Le Stelle,” from the opera Tosca. Rose merely changed the melody from minor to major and added some melody bits of his own. But it was an obvious enough lift that Puccini’s publishers, G. Rocordi, sued the composers and the publisher in 1921 and were awarded $25,000 in punitive damages and all future royalties.

Edited by Notes_Norton
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