Chapter 22

Tell Me You’re Sorry

Sophie knew how to spot a talented songwriter and befriend him. “Makin’ Wicky-Wacky in Waikiki” from 1931 is a great example. The four people credited for writing this song were James Cavanaugh, Billy Curtis, Burton Lane and Al Hoffman. This group would go on to produce such hits as “You’re Nobody ‘til Somebody Loves You,” “Look To The Rainbow,” “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” “Mairzy Doats,” and “Papa Loves Mambo,” to name just a few.

"Camptown Races" is a minstrel song published in February 1850. Another edition was published in 1852 with guitar accompaniment under the title, "The Celebrated Ethiopian Song/Camptown Races.”

"You Made Me Love You" was written by James V. Monaco and Joseph McCarthy in 1913. It was introduced in the Broadway revue The Honeymoon Express, starring Al Jolson, who recorded the song on June 4, 1913.

Roger Edens wrote additional lyrics to this same song for Judy Garland that cast her in the role of a teenage fan of Clark Gable. Garland sang the song to Gable at a birthday party thrown for him by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. MGM executives loved her rendition so much, she and the song were added to the film Broadway Melody of 1938. Garland fans strongly feel it was that performance which catapulted Judy into superstardom. Garland recorded the Gable version on September 24, 1937. MGM released the song as a b-side in 1939, opposite Garland's recording of "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz.

Broadway Melody was also the first movie that Sophie made for MGM, cast as Garland’s mother. In rehearsals, they hit it off and Tucker inadvertently became her new singing coach. In later interviews, Judy always credited Sophie as the one who first taught her how to best put over a song.

This is the only remaining film of Frank Westphal playing with his orchestra in 1930.