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no. 446

Saturday, 1 April 2006

Ethel Levey (1881-1955),
American actress and singer,
sings Shelton Brooks's
'Some of These Days'
during the run of the revue, Hullo, Tango!,
London Hippodrome, 1913/14

Ethel Levey / 'Some of These Days'

Ethel Levey

(photo: White, New York, circa 1913;
song copyrighted in all countries except America, Canada and Australia
by Francis, Day & Hunter, London and Chicago, 1910)

'Some of These Days,' written by Shelton Brooks in 1910, was immortalized by Sophie Tucker. Featuring it as her signature song throughout her long career, Miss Tucker recorded 'Some of These Days' several times, first soon after its publication for Edison in New York on 24 February 1911. She did not, however, have exclusive rights to the song at that time and it was sung by a number of American vaudevillians on the United States' circuits. 'Some of These Days' also proved successful in England where it was sung by Miss Tucker's compatriots Shirley Kellogg (who recorded it for the HMV label in London on 30 November 1913) and Ethel Levey, as well as by some home-grown talent including Ella Retford whose rendering of it was preserved for posterity on the Jumbo label, recorded in London about November 1911.

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