Iconic ’70s singer and TV host Issi Dye still surprises his fans by reinventing himself at age 72.
“I get a lot of, ‘Issi Dye – is he still going?’,” the Melburnian told the Indy recently.
The man born Israel Dyzenhaus will do anything to stay on stage, after a career performing alongside legends like Roy Orbison, Ray Charles and The Beach Boys.
“To me it’s a labour of love,” he said.
Dye returns again with some of the biggest songs of the 20th Century when he presents The Al Jolson Story at Drysdale’s Potato Shed on 8 October.
Al Jolson was a big Broadway star in the 20th Century, appearing in countless shows, many of them running for years.
Active on the stage from the ’20s until his death in 1950, Jolson is considered to be the first true solo musical star.
Hits such as My Mammy, April Showers, Swanee, Give My Regards to Broadway, Let Me Sing and Caroline in the Morning characterise one of the most successful entertainers of the 20th Century.
Issi Dye stars as Al Jolson in his tribute to the original song and dance man in a one-time Morning Show Time performance.