Emerson met Howard when he was 17, and already married. He divorced his first wife, and the two were married. They worked the Midwestern vaudeville circuit, gaining notice in Chicago that landed them a gig in New York at Tony Pastor's Music Hall on 14th Street.
Hello Ma Baby (1899) – The song that brought her lasting fame and success was a syncopated novelty telephone number called "Hello, Ma Baby," published in 1899. It sold over a million copies of sheet music within a couple of months. It is best known works to modern audiences. It was popularized in modern culture by the singing Michigan J. Frog of the Warner Bros. Cartoons.