Sophie Tucker: Some of These Days


Some of These Days


Sophie Tucker (vocals)


Jazz Age Hot Mamma 1922-1929 (Take Two rEcords)

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Sophie Tucker (vocals),

with Ted Lewis and his orchestra


Composed by Shelton Brooks


Recorded: Chicago, November 23, 1926


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

Sometimes the edgy and risqué performers are the ones that seem the most dated to a later generation. What was daring a hundred years ago, when Sophie Tucker started singing this song, will hardly raise an eyebrow now. Yet Sophie Tucker won't quietly fade away into history. Listen to almost any one of her recordings, and you know that this lady was destined to stand out from the crowd, and always will. Every later larger-than-life female vocalist—Barbara Streisand, Ethel Merman, Tina Turner, Madonna and others to come—is standing, to some degree, on her capacious shoulders, and are part of a Tucker tradition, whether they know it or not.

"Some of These Days" was her biggest hit, but she almost missed it. One day in Chicago, Tucker's maid took her to task: "See here, young lady," the servant said, "since when are you so important that you can't hear a song by a colored writer? Here's this boy Shelton Brooks hanging around, waiting, like a dog with his tongue hanging out, for you to hear his song." Tucker listened, and liked what she heard—as did audiences who kept demanding this song from her for the next half century. Even on the earliest recording, made for Edison in 1911, Tucker's personality comes out loud and clear, with a voice that somehow manages to be both intimately conversational yet also shouted out to the back row. But this rendition is jazzier and features a more relaxed accompaniment. Tucker's voice is in fine form, both on the big notes and the little quivering cries, and her vibrato is especially impressive. Around the same time, Tucker recorded this song with Ted Shapiro as well. But this is the version to check out, and the one that turned Tucker's signature song, already well known, into a hit again.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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