Timeline

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1893

October 6 - Milton Ager is born in Chicago, IL


1900

Ager's sister buys a piano on which Ager begins his self-education in music


1907

Attends the McKinley High School in New York City.


1910

Begins his career as a movie house intermission pianist for silent movie theatres


1913

Hired as a song plugger for music publishing company Waterson, Berlin and Snyder


1915

Joins the US Army's Morale Division in Fort Greenleaf, George


1920

Art Hickman reaches the top ten with his recording of YOUNG MAN'S FANCY


1921

I'M NOBODY'S BABY reaches #3 on the Billboard charts with a recording by Marion Harris


1921

First songwriting success with the publishing of NOBODY'S BABY


1922

Forms his own publishing house with collaborator Jack Yellen. The new firm is called Ager, Yellen and Bornstein


1923

LOUISVILLE LOU is a top ten hit on the pop charts with a recording by Arthur Gibbs


1923

Ben Bernie's recording of LOVE TALES reaches #7 on the Billboard pop charts


1924

Dolly Kay reaches #3 on the pop charts with her recording of HARD HEARTED HANNAH


1924

Al Jolson's recording of I WONDER WHAT'S BECOME OF SALLY reaches #1 on the Billboard pop charts


1924

Sam Lanin's recording of MAMA GOES WHERE PAPA GOES is a #13 hit on the Billboard pop charts


1927

Johnny Marvin's recording of AIN'T THAT A GRAND AND GLORIOUS FEELING reach #10 on the Billboard charts


1927

Ben Bernie has a #1 hit recording of AIN'T SHE SWEET


1927

Frank Crumit has a top ten hit recording of CRAZY WORDS, CRAZY TUNE


1927

FORGIVE ME is a #1 hit on the Billboard charts with a recording by Gene Austin


1928

Paul Ash's recording of MY PET reaches the top twenty on the pop charts


1928

February 9 - Rain or Shine Opens on Broadway at the George M. Cohan theatre


1929

Ted Lewis' recording of GLAD RAG DOLL reaches the top ten on the Billboard charts


1930

Benny Meroff and Ben Selvin have separate #1 hit recordings of HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN


1930

I LIKE TO DO THINGS FOR YOU reaches the top twenty on the pop charts with a recording by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra


1930

Moves to Hollywood under a studio contract


1932

AUF WIEDERSEHN, MY DEAR reaches #3 on the Billboard charts with a recording by Jack Benny


1932

The Ager-Yellen composition HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN is played at the inauguaration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The song has remained the theme song for the Democratic Party


1936

Benny Goodman has a #2 hit recording of YOU CAN'T PULL THE WOOL OVER MY EYES


1937

Mildred Bailey's recording of TRUST IN ME reaches #4 on the Billboard pop charts


1940

Judy Garland's cover recording of the 1921 hit song I'M NOBODY'S BABY reaches #3 on the pop charts


1949

Mr. Goon Bones and Mr. Ford reach the top fifteen on the pop charts with a cover recording of the 1927 hit AIN'T SHE SWEET


1952

Eddie Fisher has a top ten hit with a cover recording of FORGIVE ME


1952

Eddie Fisher's cover recording of the 1937 hit song TRUST IN ME reaches #25 on the pop charts


1979

May 6 - Milton Ager dies in Los Angeles, CA


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