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January 13, 1887: Some of These Days | Wretched Richard’s Almanac

sophietuckerBorn in Russia on January 13, 1887, “the Last of the Red Hot Mamas,” Sophie Tucker immigrated to the United States as an infant and began her long career shortly afterward, singing for tips in her parents’ restaurant. Between taking orders and serving customers, Sophie would stand in a narrow space by the door and belt out songs with all the drama she could muster. “At the end of the last chorus,” she remembered, “between me and the onions, there wasn’t a dry eye in the place.”

In 1903, at the age of 16, Tucker eloped with a local beer cart driver who gave her stage name and a son but not much more. Her first theatrical appearance…

Source: January 13, 1887: Some of These Days | Wretched Richard’s Almanac

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