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"Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain't heard nothing yet. Wait a minute, I tell you, you ain't heard nothing . You want to hear Toot Toot Tootsie? All right. Hold on. Hold on. Lou, listen. Play Toot Toot Tootise, three choruses, you understand. In the third chorus, I whistle. Now give it to them hard and heavy. Go right ahead."
October 6, 1927.
Babe Ruth and the Yankees were thrashing the Pirates in Pittsburgh in Game 2 of the 1927 World Series. The temperature in Manhattan hovered at 67°. To 1,322 souls drawn to Warners' Theatre on Broadway for the premier of The Jazz Singer, Jolson's patter on screen felt uncanny. Everywhere the spark of life was hissing.