In 1896, Brooklyn born and famous vaudeville singer, Maude Nugent, composed and wrote the lyrics to Sweet Rosie O’Grady which became one of the most popular waltz standards of its time. Tin Pan Alley publisher Joseph W. Stern & Co rejected the song when she first tried to sell it to them, but they changed their minds after she left their office to market it elsewhere.
Joseph W. Stern’s partner, Edward Marks chased her down the street and made an offer. It was a smart and lucrative move on their part. The sheet music for the song sold over a million copies.
This was written for the Weekend Writing Prompt by Sammi Cox. For instructions, click Here.