Norman Brooks

Singer and actor

Singer and actor Norman Brooks died Sept. 14 in Montreal. He was 78.

Norman started out his singing career with his sister, Annie, and came to America at the age of 24, where he was discovered to have a voice with an uncanny similarity to Al Jolson.

He played nightclubs including the 500 Club in Atlantic City, the Thunderbird in Las Vegas, the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, the Mogambo, Hollywood, and the Latin Quarter and Copacabana in New York. His 1953 recording of “Hello Sunshine” sold a million copies.

He signed a contract with 20th Century Fox, and played Al Jolson in the Michael Curtiz-directed, “Best Things in Life Are Free,” as well as appearing in “Ocean’s Eleven and drama “The Block.”

He is survived by three daughters; two brothers; two sisters and a grandson.

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