SOURCE: Innovative Films

December 21, 2009 15:50 ET

Johnny Depp - Sophie Tucker Grammy Feud 'Just Nonsense,' Say Susan and Lloyd Ecker of Innovative Films

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 21, 2009) - As the Grammy Awards competition heats up between nominees Johnny Depp and Sophie Tucker in the Best Album Notes category, media reports of a "feud" between the two camps of the Sexiest Man Alive and The Last of the Red Hot Mamas are "just nonsense," say Tucker album writers Susan and Lloyd Ecker.

"We are extremely proud to be competing with Johnny Depp in the same Grammy category," continued the Eckers. "We know we are the heavy underdogs, and are conceding the 'Pirate' vote. However, we are very encouraged to learn from both Archeophone Records and the Sophie website that they have been receiving amazing responses from her legends of adoring fans and critics alike which is why we believe she will prevail."

Sophie Tucker couldn't be reached for comment but as she said herself in 1964, "The last time I tussled with a sexy movie star, Clark Gable folded like a cheap suit -- because... when I kiss 'em...they stayed kissed."

Innovative Films writer-producers Susan and Lloyd Ecker are nominated for Best Album Notes, "Sophie Tucker: Origins of the Red-Hot Mama, 1910-1922," for Archeophone Records. Depp is nominated for co-writing album notes with Douglas Brinkley on the Legacy soundtrack recording, "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson." The Tucker album received two Grammy nominations, for Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes.

Grammy winners will be announced January 31, 2010 on CBS.

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