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Sunday, 18 April 2021
The Spanish Flu/1920/Al Jolson/2021

By 1920, the Spanish Flu had been around for three years and killed from 50 to 100 million people in the world. There were no vaccines, no antivirals or antiinflamitories back then except aspirin. Patients were being experimented on with different vaccines and treatments, very little worked at all. 

You can just imagine, the fear and despair people had during this pandemic. This was far more devasting than COVID19 and its variants. The Spanish Flu was a killer like the Bubonic Plague

However, at the beginning of the 20th century, music changed into black-inspired music called Jazz. A great admirer of this music was Al Jolson, a member of a minority group himself. He was a Jew. He was the Elvis Presley of his time and jazz was his rock and roll. 

Al Jolson became a superstar in 1920 with Swanee and all his other songs. It was fun music and made people feel better. They forgot the suffering of WW1 and the epidemic.

Great jazz/rock and roll can raise the energy level and improve the well being of most people. Check out Good Golly Miss Molly by Little Richard and Big Hunk of Love by Elvis.

There were lots of bad memories from the war, disease and medical treatments that didn't work in 1920, but people got powerful injections of feel good music from Al Jolson. The rest is history.  




Posted by qualteam at 11:22 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 24 January 2022 8:17 AM EST

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