Sophie Tucker: Jazz Age of Hot Mama 1922-1929 Audio CD
A young Sophie Abuza honed her singing skills by entertaining patrons at her family's cafe in Hartford, Connecticut. A brief marriage to Louis Tuck with the later addition of 'er' to her surname provided Sophie Tucker with one of the best-known stage names of the day.
This recording includes songs recorded from 1922 to 1929, a time in which Tucker was a vaudeville headliner (today we use the term 'superstar') and celebrity nightclub performer. Tucker's theme song over these years was Some Of These Days. The first six titles, from the early 1920s, were recorded acoustically (i.e., without a microphone. That means literally shouting into a horn) a process for which her powerful voice excelled.
A good example is Papa Better Watch Your Step. Of special interest are the final six numbers in this collection which are from the soundtrack disc of her 1929 movie Honky Tonk. A poignant ballad written for this lost film is I'm Doing What I'm Doing For Love. Fortunately, she can still be heard if not seen in this film.
- You've Hot to See Mamma Every Night
- Papa Better Watch Your Step
- I've Got a Cross-Eyed Papa (But He Looks Straight to Me)
- Seven or Eleven - My Dixie Pair O' Dice
- The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else
- Some of These Days
- I Ain't Got Nobody
- After You've Gone
- There'll Be Some Changes Made
- What'll You Do?
- Blue River
- My Pet
- Moanin' Low
- I'm the Last of the Red Hot Mammas [from Honky Tonk]
- He's a Good Man to Have Around [from Honky Tonk]
- I Don't Want to Get Thin [from Honky Tonk]
- Take Off Your Mask and Be Yourself [from Honky Tonk]
- I'm Doin' What I'm Doin' for Love [from Honky