A GOOD MAN IS…….

sophie tucker - a good man

Over the past month, I have been a bit depressed because a friend died, so I have not been so keen on posting.  It is much easier to sit back and contemplate the “why’s” of Life.  However, writing is something I like to do and life goes on, doesn’t it?  My friend was a good man.  According to his wife, he was a good man in her book, too.  As you can see from the above, my father, Eddie Green, wrote the song “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”.  I went online trying to find pictures that I could use in this post along that line, but I only found pictures like:

Benny Goodman - Stage Door Canteen
Benny Goodman – Stage Door Canteen
Pic showing how to find a good man-Tesla-Inventor-Alternating Current (AC)
Pic showing how to find a good man-Tesla-Inventor-Alternating Current (AC)

Then I remembered, I already had a good picture to use, of Miss Sophie Tucker, from 1919, advertising “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”.  This song actually became Sophie Tucker’s signature song for a while.

Sophia Tucker Says
Sophia Tucker Says

The paragraph in the oblong box reads:  “Miss Tucker has sung “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” nightly for 10 consecutive weeks, to thousands, in the Sophie Tucker room at Reisenweber’s and will continue to use it until her engagement terminates.  Hear her and be convinced.  Miss Tucker says:  “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” is the best blue number she has ever used.”  This is saying something, she has used “some good ones.”

For those of you who do not know, Sophie Tucker was known as “the Red Hot Momma” in her day, and she took a liking to Eddie’s songs.  Miss Tucker made special orchestra parts of Eddie’s 1921 songs, “The World’s All Wrong” and “You Can Read My Letters, But You Sure Can’t Read My Mind.”  This was in April, of 1921, Eddie had become a music publisher by then, and his business was doing so well that, according to the March 5, 1921 Billboard, Eddie would be moving his office into larger quarters the following April.   In this same Billboard article, it says “Miss Tucker also had Mr. Green write a special version of “You’ve Got What I Like”, another song Eddie wrote in 1921.  Sophie Tucker was famous and now I know that my father actually spoke to her! He probably was not as excited about it as I am.

I feel much better now that I have written this post.  My book is progressing slowly.  The fact that I am going to write something and publish it and then wait for someone to buy it, is daunting.  It seems like such a good idea when I remember that my purpose is to preserve the history of my father’s career, and to show my grandson just what type of stock he comes from.  (Poor English, oh well.)  Have you been inspired to research a relative?

Thanks for stopping by.

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7 thoughts on “A GOOD MAN IS…….

  1. Keep on keepin’ on, my friend. You have a story that needs to be told and you’re the one to tell it(I know I’ve said this before but I’m saying it again). I have many questions I’ve tried to answer about my father and, because I had the privilege of being close to him the last 13 years of his life, I was able to ask him questions about his life but, unfortunately, he wasn’t all that willing to talk. I’m still working at it but, I’ll tell you, coming from a musician’s point of view, your father’s songs-the ones I’m know-are Classic. Look forward to your next post.

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