Some of These Days

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"Some of These Days"
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1910 sheet music cover
Music by Shelton Brooks
Published 1910
Form Jazz standard
Original artist Sophie Tucker

"Some of These Days" is a popular song, written and composed by Shelton Brooks, published in 1910, and associated with the performer Sophie Tucker.

Background[edit]

"Some of These Days" became a signature song for Sophie Tucker, who made the first of her several recordings of it in 1911. Ted Lewis and his band backed Tucker on her classic, million-selling 1926 recording, which stayed in the #1 position on the charts for five weeks beginning November 23, 1926, and re-affirmed her lasting association with the song.[1]

The song has been recorded by many other artists, including Charley Patton, Louis Armstrong, Elkie Brooks, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Andrew Bird, Judy Garland, Susan Maughan, the McGuire Sisters, the Original Dixieland Jass Band, Sue Raney, Coco Briaval and Serena Ryder.

Ella Fitzgerald recorded this song on the CBS release "Ella Fitzgerald at the Newport Jazz Festival: Live at Carnegie Hall".

Appearances in film[edit]

"Some of These Days" made the first of many movie soundtrack appearances in Lights of New York (1928), the first "all talking" motion picture, being one of several songs played by the house band of the nightclub where the film is set. Sophie Tucker herself sang "Some of These Days" in character as a nightclub singer in the 1929 film Honky Tonk with reprise performances (as herself) in Broadway Melody of 1938 and Follow the Boys (1944).

Other films to feature the song include Scarface and Three on a Match both 1932 releases and both featuring actress Ann Dvorak dancing to the song: in Scarface the song is played in a nightclub by Gus Arnheim's band while in Three on a Match Dvorak dances while actor Harry Seymour plays "Some of These Days" on a piano.

In the 1936 version of Rose-Marie Jeanette MacDonald as the title character attempts a lyric soprano rendition of "Some of These Days" in a Klondike café whose regular vocalist (Gilda Gray) upstages McDonald with an earthy performance of the song. "Some of These Days" was also featured in the 1939 release Only Angels Have Wings in which Jean Arthur plays the song on the piano in a cantina.

Other soundtrack appearances of the song include:

  • The HBO original series Boardwalk Empire used this song in its first episode as well as the episode "Belle Femme", Season 1, Episode 9.

Appearances in fiction[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CD liner notes: Chart-Toppers of the Twenties, 1998 ASV Ltd.

See also[edit]