“A Good Man Is Hard to Find”, written by Eddie Green and popularized by the singer Bessie Smith in 1927.
Hi there! I missed out. I wanted to watch “Bessie” with Queen Latifah on HBO, May 16th, but my landlady cancelled our cable, boo hoo. I received a comment today about “Bessie”, so of course I had to see if I could find it on the net. For this post, however, I decided to post a video of Bessie Smith singing the song my father wrote way back in 1917.
There were also a few other people who recorded the song, for instance:
A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND
By Eddie Green
Marion Harris – 1919
Wilbur C. Sweatman’s Jazz Orchestra – 1919
Viola McCoy – 1927
Eddie Condon & His Band – 1940
Butch Stone – 1942
Frank Sinatra – 1951
George Lewis – 1953
Big Maybelle – 1956
Brenda Lee – 1959
Also recorded by: Trinity; Di Anne Price; Bix Beiderbecke; Fats Waller; Rosemary Clooney; Les Brown;
Champion Jack Dupree; Barbra Streisand; Frances Faye; Hank Thompson; Lizzie Miles; Louis Prima;
Carol Channing; Nancy Wilson; Ralph Sutton; Juanita Hall; Kid Ory; Judith Durham; Dorothy Loudon;
Bob Wills, to name a few.
I should be finished with the first draft of my book about Eddie at the beginning of June. I have the feeling that this year will be a good time for this book to become available. To my knowledge, Eddie’s song has been performed in two recent movies, “Bessie” and “Blue Jasmin” (a Woody Allen movie). I love the fact that this song has endured and remained relevant all these years. Eddie died in 1950, so he was only aware of a few of these people performing the song. While he was alive he knew a few of the people on the above list, like Fats Waller and Frank Sinatra. Oh yeah, and Sophie Tucker, he knew Sophie, she used Eddie’s song as her “torch” song (if you are too young to remember Sophie Tucker, look her up, she was what they called a “real hot mama” back in the day.
My father continues to provide the inspiration that helps me stay focused on this book-writing process, as do those who read my posts and those who comment. Eddie has shown me that there are obstacles in life, Eddie had them as a Black man living his life in the early 20th century through 1950, but he never stopped moving forward, he went on to write 29 more songs, to perform on Broadway and radio, and even to write, produce and star in his own movies, as I have mentioned in previous posts and will elaborate on in future posts. I am experiencing a sense of optimism through tracing Eddie’s life and I hope I am able to pass this feeling on. Thanks so much for stopping by.
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You are doing a great job of passing on that feeling you share with us. With every post I become much more familiar with your father. My question is did he spend a lot of time in Harlem during the 1920’s and the great Harlem Renaissance?
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During the 1920’s Eddies song “A Good Man Is hard to find” became first popularized by Sophia Tucker in 1921-22, then again by Bessie Smith in 1927; Eddie became a music publisher in 1921 with an office on 138th st., in New York, he wrote “King Tut Blues” in 1923, “I’m Sorry for it now” in 1924 (which you can hear on Youtube, in 1922 He owned the Deanwood Motion Pictures Corporatio in D. C., Eddie was out of Vaudeville, Burlesque and Schubert, in 1925 he was performing stock at Minsky’s Apollo and by 1929 he worked with Fats Waller and Andy Razaff, in which Eddie wrote the comedy sketches for “Hot Chocolates” from Connie’s Inn to Broadway. He also wrote “Big Business” from the same show. I posted a shot of the “Souveniers of Hot Chocolates” album on my blog. If you like, check out some of my previous posts, it would let me know, in fact, how far back readers can actually go. Thanks for reading me!
Wow, Bessie Smith. Was she awesome or what?
And so cool that you’re almost finished with your first draft! That is fabulous. I’m so happy for you.
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Your posts about your father’s optimism, confidence and persistence keeps me keepin’ on in my musical endeavors. Looking forward to your book.
Thanks Joe. Good to hear from you