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Stage Name

Birth Name

Pete Nugent

Pete Nugent

Pete, peaches and Duke  
Society's Sepia Sons  

        Pete's father was a Harvard Grad who ran the elevator at the White House in Washington, D.C. Nugent ran away from home to pursue a career in dancing at the young age of sixteen. Started dancing with the T.O.B.A. Circuit up until 1926 when he landed a job in the Honeymoon Lane Broadway production. He met and formed a partnership with Irving "peaches" Beaman in Chicago around 1928 and called themselves "Pete and Peaches." From 1931 to 1937, this trio would set the pace for all who followed.

    The Light-Skinned Nugent styled himself after Eddie Rector's Bambalina routine and Jack Wiggins Tango Twist with the look of George

Primrose. He has said that "Although a Tap dancer first and foremost, he preferred all Body Motion and no Tap to all Tap and no body motion. Any Hoofer can tap but what makes the difference is the way he moves his body and travels is what gives it class."

   His act consisted of Opening with a military drill with yachting costumes and tapping in unison. Next came the solos with Beaman starting going slow, then Nugent to a moderate tempo and finally Duke fast ending, with the others joining in about 2/3's of the way through the routine dancing highly synchronized and in unison. The act finished with an exit in unison. He created his choreography in a way that is common today but unique then by figuring out the ending and adding the rest to work up to it.

    Nugent was always available to help another dancer with their dancing, and would be nicknamed "Public Tapper, Number One with many dances trying to copy his dancing and even the way he would Walk or better known as his arrogant Swagger says Honi Coles. Duke was crucial to their act as he had the ideas when it came to the steps but due to Pneumonia, Duke Miller suddenly passed away in 1937 and the act broke up.

    After Coles and Atkins split up Coles and Pete Nugent opened their own dance studio, but nobody wanted to learn to tap dance at the time and they closed the studio. Nugent kept dancing but was finding hard to dance to the new Bop sounds and finally retired in 1952.


Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Siblings

n/a n/a n/a n/a
     

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles

Bambalina Duke Miller (1931) n/a
Tap Irving "peaches" Beaman (1928)      

Night Clubs

Theaters

Stage

Club De Lisa (Chicago)  Lafayette Theatre  
        Billy Eckstine's Band
        Jump For Joy
         
         
         

Films

Television

Publications

n/a n/a $1964 - Jazz Dance (Marshall Stearns)
     

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