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The saga of Sophie Tucker began somewhere between Russia and Poland with her mother trying to get to the United States to join her husband in Boston. Her mother got off the coach and sophie tuckerstopped at a little farmhouse and Sophie was born.

Sophie Tucker began singing at the German Village at Broadway and 40th St. in 1906 for $15 a week. From that time until 1912, she played the Park Circuit, a well-known vaudeville circuit of the day. For five years from 1916 to 1921 she was singing at Reisenwebers, where she popularized her immortal theme..."Some of These Days." It was always grand fun when Sophie took the stage - risqué, gay, humorous and side shaking. By 1950, she was revered as a performing legend, a throwback from another era.

Tips On Tables - Robert W. Dana - September 29, 1950

Sophie Still Tops in Her Own Line

Billed as "The First Lady of Show Business," Sophie Tucker returned this week to star at Lou Walters' Latin Quarter and prove again that the "last of the red-hot mamas' has plenty of heat left. In fact, in one of many plain-spoken numbers she warns "You Can't Deep Freeze a Red-Hot Mama."

Resplendently dressed, with a stunning fur piece and jewelry to set her off, Sophie is in rare good form. During the course of her program she gives thanks in mamasong for all the good things she has earned in 45 years of show business and pays tribute to debonair Ted Shapiro, her piano accompanist for 29 years.

"The newspaper columnists are always paying tribute to the old men in show business like Jolson, Cantor and Richman," says Sophie, "but what about the gal troupers," which leads into a number called "How Do the Old Gals Do it?"Advice to Married Men.

In a number called "Home of My Own," Miss Tucker tells of her apartment, where she can get away from it all. She has a hilarious piece, much of which she does in Yiddish, called "You Got To Make It Legal Mr. Siegel"; she puts spice in "Horse-Playing Papa," gives advice to married men in another number, and has one excellent serious number, "There's So Much To Do In So Little Time."

The supporting cast of the lavish Latin Quarter revue called "Pleasure Bound" will convince you long before Miss Tucker' s arrival that you are seeing an entertainment package that ranks with the best in the annals of cafe shows.

Harrison and Fisher, fresh from a year's engagement at the Lido in Paris, demonstrate how really flyerbeautiful comedy and satiric dancing, can be. There Is nothing grotesque about their work; rather, by the very essence of their satires, do you see the fine points of their dance skill. I love their tango.

Parisian Models Held Over.

Monsieur Choppy has been held over with his Parisian models. Sophie CartoonIt is one of the most unusual acts seen here–novel, beautiful and mighty clever. In short, M. Choppy paints colorful faces on the models' backs; large hats come down over their necks and they parade and bow to the audience as bride, groom, .prospective mother-in-law and minister.

For acrobatic work there are the popular Billy Wells and the Four Fays; Ralph Wells and Toni Carol are the featured vocalists, the Latin Quarter dancing girls are lovely as ever and Art Waner and Buddy Harlowe handle their orchestra chores neatly.

Added Notes.

Max Kaminsky, whose Dixieland Five supplied the music for the revival of the Charleston at Le Coq Rouge will Introduce a new series of Charleston nights, Tuesday at Ben Harriman's new Aquarium Cafe, 150 W. 47th St. The club Is giving 50 per cent off on food checks to servicemen in uniform . . . Bill Massari has extended the contract of Little, Sans and Lee for six months at the Orchid Club In Jackson Heights.

THE REVIEWS
Andrews Sisters - Latin Quarter 1957
Desi Arnaz - w/Diosa Costello 1948
Count Basie - Lincoln 1943
Tony Bennett - Copacabana 1958
Milton Berle - Latin Quarter 1948
Joey Bishop - w/Andy Williams 1959
Ray Bolger - Wizard of Oz Scarecrow, Empire Room 1956
Cab Calloway - Greenwich Inn 1949
Diahann Carroll - Persian Room 1961
Betty Clooney - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Nat King Cole - Copacabana 1958
Perry Como - Versailles 1944
Copacabana - famous night club restaurant is reviewed 1953
Crosby Brothers - Latin Quarter 1961
Xavier Cugat - Waldorf Astoria 1951
Vic Damone - Riviera 1953
Billy Daniels - Copacabana 1952
Sammy Davis Jr. - Copacabana 1959
Phyllis Diller - w/Bobby Short 1958
Nancy Donovan - Copacabana 1952
Jimmy Durante - Copacabana 1951
Billy Eckstine - Copacabana 1951
Duke Ellington - Basin St. East 1961
Eddie Fisher - Empire Room 1959
Judy Garland -Town & Country 1958
Jackie Gleason - La Vie en Rose 1953
Benny Goodman - Empire Room 1956
Dolores Gray - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Buddy Hackett - Copacabana 1956
Connie Haines - Terrace Room 1951
Dick Haymes - Versailles 1956
Horace Heidt - 30th Anniversary 1954
Florence Henderson w/Bill Hayes 1958
Hildegarde - Pierre 1953
Celeste Holm - Plaza 1958
Eddy Howard - Roosevelt 1955
Burl Ives w/Wally Cox - Persian Room
Lisa Kirk - Persion Room 1958
Frankie Laine - Latin Quarter 1955
Julius La Rosa - Romanian 1958
Peggy Lee - Copacabana 1958
Jerry Lewis - Town & Country 1957
Joe E. Lewis - Copacabana 1945
Ted Lewis - Latin Quarter 1953
Liberace - Persian Room 1947
Guy Lombardo - Roosevelt 1957
Vincent Lopez - Grill Room 1954
Tony Martin - Riviera 1953
Martin and Lewis - Copacabana 1950
Ray McKinley - Glenn Miller Band 1957
Mills Brothers - Latin Quarter 1956
Vaughn Monroe - Astor 1955
Constance Moore - St. Regis 1958
Johnnie Ray - Copacabana 1953
Della Reese - Copacabana 1961
Sugar Ray Robinson - French Casino
Dorothy Shay - St. Regis 1961
Frank Sinatra - Wedgewood 1943
Danny Thomas - Copacabana 1949
Sophie Tucker - Latin Quarter 1950
Mae West - Latin Quarter 1956
Julie Wilson - Persian Room 1954
EDITORIALS
Dean Martin - thoughts on Mr. Sauve
Peter Lawford - retrospective
Rise & Fall of the big bands
INTERVIEWS
K Baggelaar- Copacabana author
Don Dellair - cabaret performer
Denny Farrell - big band disc jockey
Hal Turner - Performer/Conductor
B Zickafoose - played in WWII Europe
ASSORTED
Bernie Bierman bio
Sammy Kaye - Roosevelt 1957
Dinah Shore - press release and autograph from the 50's
A Letter about a WWII song
Harbers & Dale - Dance Team
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