Thursday, January 31, 2008

Hoagy Carmichael

I have neglected to uplaod some Hoagy Carmichael for far too long. I've had this LP for years and just re-discovered it. It's full of great songs and some novelty items which make me smile every time I hear them like the great version of Barnacle BIll The Sailor.

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 - Washboard Blues

Hoagy Carmichael - Moon Country

Hoagy Carmichael - Cosmics

Hoagy Carmichael - Sittin'& Whittlin'

Hoagy Carmichael - Stardust

Hoagy Carmichael - Lazy River

Hoagy Carmichael - Barnacle Bill The Sailor

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K. R. Seward said...

Ever catch Hoagy as an actor?

I've only seen him in The Best Years of Our Lives, but evidently he's been around:

wastedpapiers said...

I think I have seen him in films but usuallu just playing the piano in some smokey club - probably in a Raymond Chandler film noir.

Thanks for the link k.r.

baikinange said...

Hello Michael, would you consider re-upping some of these? Hoagy was from Indiana, and I might be able to use some of these for my Odd Indiana playlist at the State Museum. thanks!

wastedpapiers said...

I will try and uplaod it today if I can find it b.

Simon Baylay said...

This is a friend of mine. He does a great "The Nearness of You" rendition.