Chapter 8 Extras

You’d Never Know that Old Town of Mine

"There'll Be Some Changes Made" was written in 1921 with music by Benton Overstreet and lyrics by Billy Higgins. A very young Ethel Waters was the first to record it, but her version went relatively unnoticed. Sophie stumbled on it a few years later, probably in one of the Harlem jazz clubs she frequented in the mid-1920s. She recorded it in 1927 and this recording captures the full force of Tucker’s powerful voice.

In the prime of her singing career, Sophie Tucker could belt out a ballad as well as anyone in show business. Some of the torch songs Sophie would end up recording with great style were "Sophisticated Lady" by Duke Ellington, "The Man I Love" by George and Ira Gershwin and this 1929 classic called "Moaning Low" with music by Ralph Rainger and lyrics by Howard Dietz.

This is an excerpt from Carol Channing’s last one woman show, The First 80 Years Are the Toughest. She was one of the legion of young comediennes and performers inspired by Sophie Tucker’s legacy.