Saturday, May 01, 2010

Hoagy Carmichael

An LP on MCA Coral from the 80's I would guess as that's when I bought it. Delightful songs that still sound great today.

Wikipedia says-

"Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Carmichael was the only son of Howard Clyde Carmichael and Lida Robison. He was named Hoagland after a circus troupe “The Hoaglands” who stayed at the Carmichael house during his mother’s pregnancy. Howard was a horse-drawn taxi driver and electrician, and Lida a versatile pianist who played accompaniment at silent movies and for parties. The family moved frequently, as Howard sought better employment for his growing family. At six, Carmichael started to sing and play the piano, absorbing easily his mother’s keyboard skills. By high school, the piano was the focus of his after-school life, and for inspiration he would listen to ragtime pianists Hank Wells and Hube Hanna. At eighteen, the small, wiry, pale Carmichael was living in Indianapolis, trying to help his family’s income working in manual jobs in construction, a bicycle chain factory, and a slaughterhouse. The bleak time was partly spelled by four-handed piano duets with his mother and by his strong friendship with Reg DuValle, black bandleader and pianist known as “the elder statesman of Indiana jazz” and “the Rhythm King”, who taught him piano jazz improvization."

Discover more about Hoagy Carmichael HERE.

Hoagy Carmichael - Lazy River

Hoagy Carmichael - Judy

Hoagy Carmichael - Stardust

Hoagy Carmichael - In The Cool,Cool,Cool of The Evening

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