Nat Wills

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Nat Wills

Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg City, Virginia, USA
Death 9 Dec 1917 (aged 44)
North Bergen, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot Wistaria Plot, Section 140
Memorial ID 6976219 · View Source
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Entertainer. Popular vaudeville entertainer and recording artist at the beginning of the 20th century. He was best known for his "tramp" persona and for performing humorous or satirical musical numbers, including parodies of popular songs of the day. He was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on July 11, 1873 and began his stage career in Washington, D.C. He performed in New York City in vaudeville as "The Happy Tramp" and appeared in both Broadway shows and vaudeville theaters. He also toured the country extensively, both in stage plays and performing his own vaudeville act. Wills was one of the first entertainers to perform at the famous Palace Theater, and he appeared in the 1913 edition of the Ziegfeld Follies. He is the creator of "No News, or What Killed the Dog," one of the most famous and copied vaudeville routines. His recording of this humorous monologue was one of the best selling records of its time, and in 2008 it was identified as one of 25 "cultural, artistic and historical treasures to be preserved for future generations" by the Library of Congress. Wills died on December 9, 1917, from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning while working on his car in a closed garage.

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