Milton Ager

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Born: October 6, 1893; Chicago, IL   Died: May 6, 1979; Inglewood, CA  
Milton Ager was one of the top songwriters during the waning days of the Roaring '20s and the early days of the Depression. He composed many popular standards -- "Ain't She Sweet?," "Happy Days Are Here Again," "Happy Feet," and "I'm Nobody's Baby," most with words by Jack Yellen -- as well as quite a few novelty hits of the day like "Lovin' Sam, The Sheik of Alabam'" and "Mama Goes Where Papa Goes (Or Papa Don't Go Out Tonight)." Ager, born in Read more Chicago in 1893, played piano informally from an early age. He left high school one year before graduation and began working in a variety of short-term jobs during the 1910s: intermission pianist at a movie theater in New York, song plugger in Chicago, accompanist for vaudeville performers on a tour of the Orpheum circuit, work at a publisher back in New York, and a post in the Morale Division for the U.S. Army at Fort Greenleaf in Georgia.

By 1921, Ager wrote his first big hit, "I'm Nobody's Baby." One year later, he and Jack Yellen opened their own publishing house. The company gained many hits during the '20s, including "Lovin' Sam," "Hard-Hearted Hannah," "I Wonder What's Become of Sally," and, in 1929, "Ain't She Sweet?" Ager and Yellen moved to Hollywood by the end of the decade, and immediately cashed in with their music to 1930's King of Jazz. Starring Paul Whiteman, the film introduced "Happy Feet," "Happy Days Are Here Again" (a permanent anthem for the Democratic Party), and "A Bench in the Park." Elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Ager died in 1979. ~ John Bush Read less
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    Originals - Musical Comedy 1909-1935
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 82405 Release Date: 01/18/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Scott,  Nora Bayes,  George M. Cohan,  Elsie Janis  ... 
    Performer:  Blanche Ring,  Nora Bayes,  Jack Norworth,  Al Jolson  ... 
    Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon,  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Leonard Joy,  Richard Himber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus,  Ritz-Carlton Orchestra  ... 
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    The Indispensable Fats Waller Vol 7 & 8 (1938-1940)
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 26417 Release Date: 08/20/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fats Waller,  Robert D. Emmerich,  Andy Razaf,  Hoagy Carmichael  ... 
    Performer:  Fats Waller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fats Waller Rhythm and Orchestra,  Fats Waller Rhythm
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    Berliner Revue / Ensemble Vokalzeit
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 50810 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joachim Schmeisser,  Walter Jurmann,  Hans Hofer,  Milton Ager  ... 
    Performer:  Philip Mayers,  Renate Loock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vokalzeit Male Vocal Quartet
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    The King's Singers Collection
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07063 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  John Lennon,  Walter Jurmann,  Werner Richard Heymann,  Bert Reisfeld  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gerhardt,  Nancy Hadden,  Manuel Barrueco,  Goff Richards  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    Music Of The Comedian Harmonists / Frommermann
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 26807 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bert Reisfeld,  Ludwig Smidseder,  Knorr,  Traditional  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frommermann
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    A Tribute To The Comedian Harmonists / The King's Singers
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47677 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  N. Doughaby,  Vincent Youmans,  Ludwig Smidseder,  Rudolf Friml  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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    British Cinema And Theatre Orchestras
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5108 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  G. Groitzsch,  Ernest Bucalossi,  Jerome Kern,  Percy Fletcher  ... 
    Performer:  Al Bollington,  His Majesty's Theatre Orchestra,  Quentin M. Maclean
    Conductor:  Joseph Muscant,  Arthur Anton,  William Pethers,  Frank Tours  ... 
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