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Milton Ager

Milton Ager (October 6 1893May 6 1979) was an American pianist and composer.

Ager was born in Chicago, Illinois, the sixth of nine children. Leaving school with only three years of formal high-school education, he taught himself to play the piano and embarked on a career as a musician. After spending time on the Vaudeville circuit, he moved to Chicago to write music for the growing movie industry. During World War I he served as a morale officer.

Ager also was a music publisher in partnership with his frequent musical collaborator, lyricist Jack Yellen. He moved to Hollywood where he made a living writing songs for film. On his death, Milton Ager was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Ager was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1979.

In 2007, a revue of Ager's music called Vampin' Lady opened in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and transferred to New York City as part of the American Composer Series.



Among the best known Milton Ager songs are:

  • "Rockaway Hunt Fox Trot" (1915)
  • "Erin Is Calling" (1916)
  • "Tom, Dick and Harry and Jack" (1917)
  • "Everything is Peaches Down in Georgia" (1918)
  • "France We Have Not Forgotten You" (1918)
  • "Anything is Nice" (1919)
  • "Freckles" (1919)
  • "There's a Lot of Blue-Eyed Marys Down in Maryland" (1919)
  • "A Young Man's Fancy" (1920)
  • "I'm Nobody's Baby" (1920), his first big hit
  • "Lovin' Sam" (1920)
  • "Who Cares?" (1920)
  • "Stay Away From Louisville Lou" (1923) [also known as "Louisville Lou (That Vampin' Lady)" ]
  • "Hard Hearted Hannah (The Vamp Of Savannah)" (1924)
  • "I Wonder What's Become of Sally" (1924)
  • "I Certainly Could" (1926)
  • "Hard-To-Get Gertie" (1926)
  • "Ain't She Sweet" (1927)
  • "Vo-Do-De-O" (1927)
  • "I Still Love You" (1928)
  • "If You Don't Love Me" (1928)
  • "Oh Baby" (1928)
  • "Glad Rag Doll" (1928)
  • "Happy Days Are Here Again" (1929)
  • "I May Be Wrong" (1929)
  • "Some Day We'll Meet Again" (1932)

Works for Broadway include:

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