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date: 20 August 2019

Nugent [Jerome], Maude locked

  • William Brooks
  •  and Pamela Fox

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(b Brooklyn, NY, Jan 12, 1873 or 1874; d New York, June 3, 1958). American singer and composer . She began her career in vaudeville, achieving tremendous success in 1896 with her song Sweet Rosie O’Grady, which became the archetypal waltz ballad of the 1890s. Over the next few years Nugent’s songs included Mamie Reilly (1897), I can’t forget you, honey (1899) and Somebody wants you (1909), but none were more than minor successes. Nugent introduced many of her songs herself; for most she wrote both words and music, but the lyrics were occasionally supplied by her husband, William Jerome. At the age of 28 she retired from the stage to raise a family, although she made a brief return seven years later. After several decades in relative obscurity Nugent began appearing in ‘Gay Nineties’ shows in the 1940s and, with her nostalgic appeal and lively presence, she enjoyed a brief vogue as a television personality in the 1950s....

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