Chapter 4 Extras

That Thing Called Love

I Ain't Got Nobody” was written by Spencer Williams and Roger Graham in 1915. It became a perennial standard, recorded many times in styles ranging from jazz to country. Many artists had hit records with the song, starting with Marian Harris in 1916. Other popular versions were recorded by Bessie Smith, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, the Mills Brothers, Cab Calloway, Wingy Manone, Chick Webb, Emmett Miller, Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, Coleman Hawkins, and Rosemary Clooney. But before all of them, it was one of Sophie’s early Vaudeville numbers. She also recorded her own version.