Some of These Days

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Shelton Brooks
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Sophie Tucker

It had everything

In 1910, Sophie Tucker was appearing at the White City Park in Chicago when an unknown black songwriter, Shelton Brooks, approached her. She didn’t want to meet with him but her maid, Mollie Elkins, convinced her to give the guy a break. As Tucker remembers, “The minute I heard ‘Some of These Days,’ I could have kicked myself for almost losing it…. It had everything. Hasn’t it proved it? I’ve been singing it for thirty years, made it my theme. I’ve turned it inside out, singing it every way imaginable, as a dramatic song, as a novelty number, as a sentimental ballad, and always audiences have loved it and asked for it.”

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