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.