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Tucker, Sophie (Sophie Abuza; the Last of the Red-Hot Mamas)

Born: 1884 AD
Died: 1966 AD, at 82 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Singer


1884 - Born on January 13th in New York, New York. American singer whose 62-year stage career included American burlesque, vaudeville, and nightclub and English music hall appearances.

1906 - She changed her name to Sophie Tucker and landed a few singing jobs.

         - Her actual professional career began when, after a successful amateur appearance, she opened in a blackface routine at the old Music Hall in New York City.

1909 - She appeared with the Ziegfeld Follies.Tucker traveled the vaudeville circuits from coast to coast for more than 20 years and also made occasional appearances in England, where she gained a substantial following.

1911 - She first sang “Some of These Days,” which became her trademark.

1914 - Tucker's first appearance at the Palace Theater in New York City, which was considered the summit of success in vaudeville, came in August.

1920 - For a time she operated her own New York club, Sophie Tucker's Playground.

1928 - At the Palace, that she was first billed as “The Last of the Red-Hot Mamas”.

1930-1944 - Tucker turned to nightclubs, while many of the other old vaudevillians either attempted the movies or slid into oblivion.

         - She did make several films, including Honky Tonk, Broadway Melody of 1937, and Follow the Boys; but she preferred live audiences, and she played to them with great success for more than 30 years.

1966 - Died on February 9th in New York, New York.


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