The Magic that was Hoagy Carmichael

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Four of my all-time Favorites from the pen of Hoagy Carmichael, he wrote so many fabulous songs it was hard to pick out just four, but sometimes when I am in my Favorite old chair, with a glass of 12 year old malt Whisky I flick the button on my CD player, and just sit back and listen, why don't you join me?

So much talent and still entertaining us to this very day.

I started to learn the piano at the age of five with Paganini, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff as the composers I was told would be my benchmarks, however as I grew older and more and more "into" music of all kinds I moved away from these classical composers and more into the likes of Cole Porter Fats Waller and Hoagy Carmichael.

Hoagy Carmichael, real name Howard Hoagland Carmichael, was a songwriter of no mean accomplishments apart from being a composer he was also a pianist, singer and quite a good one at that, an actor, he play with Harold Russell in The Best Years of Our Lives and in a 1945 film noir “Johnny Angel” he also featured in “Topper”,, “ To Have and Have Not”, “Canyon Passage”, “ Night Song” ,”Johnny Holiday”, “Young Man with a Horn” and “The Las Vegas Story”, “Belles on Their Toes”, “ Timberjack”, “The Wheeler Dealers” and “The Man Who Bought Paradise” not satisfied with all that he was also a bandleader of renown.

Almost a lullaby

His music was to say the least, magical, with such classics such as "Stardust", "Georgia on My Mind", "The Nearness of You", and "Heart and Soul" are four of the most-recorded American songs of all time. Although I love these songs only one is on my list of MY all-time favourites, and in my choice it shows what a pathetic romantic old fool I really am.

The first is “Two sleepy people” Hoagy wrote and recorded this song on September 10, 1938 it was also recorded by Al Bowlly, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Art Garfunkel, Fats Waller, Sammy Davis Jr., Carmen McRae, Silje Nergaard, Vince Jones, Carly Simon, and a duet with Seth MacFarlane and Norah Jones.

From a poem by Jane Brown Thompson , comes yet another classic

My next song is "I Get along without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)" this one he wrote in 1939 basing the lyrics on a poem written by Jane Brown Thompson, it is particularly sad because the before the song was introduced on radio by Dick Powell Thompson died.
It was featured in the film " The Las Vegas Story" where Hoagy who played an eccentric pianist called "Happy" he stared alongside Jane Russell and Victor Mature

Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and lots more recorded their version of this classic, Terry Allan with the Red Norvo orchestra had a massive hit.
Here I have chosen Mat Monroe’s version

So who or what did he write this one for?

I have to include in this list the unforgettable "Georgia on My Mind" This song is the official state song of the U.S. state of Georgia it was first recorded in the autumn of 1930 with Bix Beiderbecke on cornet playing with Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra, one of the last records Bix ever made.
This is yet another of Hoagy's songs that has been recorded and sung by hundreds of artists over the years, it was even performed by Matt Giraud on American Idol, the song made Number one in the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles and Canadian RPM Country Tracks.

When Ray Charles, a native of Georgia, made a recording of it, on the album "The Genius Hits the Road" in 1960 It became Georgia's state song, although Gladys Knight's song "Midnight Train to Georgia" could have easily been the one.

With this song, Hoagy wrote the music and Stuart Gorrell the lyrics, it was written some say about Hoagy's sister who was called Georgia Carmichael but many think it was more about the State of Georgia, I wonder what the real truth is?

I could go on and on, but sadly we now come to the last

Last but by no means least I have chosen “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" one of the last songs ever written by the great man, it was in the written for the film “Here Comes the Groom” and was sang and recorded by Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman,

In the film Bing Crosby plays the part of an easy going newspaper reporter, who also works in a Paris orphanage, his easy going way helps him to easily find homes for the orphans; in this film clip he sings the song with Jane
this is it, hope you agree with my choice.

Have your say

This is my choice, but I would love to hear your favourite Carmichael songs, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.
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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
30th Sep 2012 (#)

Nice piece, Johnny. Do you have any idea why what are called "Submarine" sandwiches are called "Hoagies" in some places?
Perhaps he had a long loaf ...

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author avatar johnnydod
30th Sep 2012 (#)

Hog island is a shipyard in Philadelphia where Italians worked during World War 1 they made a sandwich with various meats, cheeses, and lettuce this was known as "Hog Island sandwich" it was later shortened to Hoggies and then Hoagies hopes this helps David

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
30th Sep 2012 (#)

Johnny,
You are a veritable font of information! Thanks.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
30th Sep 2012 (#)

Music had such a different flow back then. While I am a big fan of 80's music a good deal of my music collection also includes oldies that will never go out of style. Thanks for the review.

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author avatar johnnydod
30th Sep 2012 (#)

It was MY pleasure Mark, as a former rock and pop artist I still have a place in my heart for these classics, music is a language with no barriers

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author avatar Teila
30th Sep 2012 (#)

Excellent topic! I enjoyed reading this wonderful piece.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Oct 2012 (#)

great piece this Johnny...love what and that you did...thanks much

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
1st Oct 2012 (#)

Well I love the old music and the 30's music is now becoming the rage in the modern arena of music. The snippets of it were seen in the modern ensemble of sounds like the Ministry of Sound albums.
It brings the youngsters of today into the club dancing to old works and legends who never ever die out.
They are the classics of our lifetime..
Would you be interested in collaborating with us and getting this show under way in New Zealand as we are working on such a project right now.
JD you are welcome to tag along with the music world bigwigs of today....

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author avatar Delicia Powers
2nd Oct 2012 (#)

these are the very sounds of my childhood ...my house was filled with this music...what a sweet memories and tears....still my favorites...thanks johnnydod:0)

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author avatar LadyQueen
2nd Oct 2012 (#)

I like your piece so graphic.

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author avatar Retired
6th Aug 2013 (#)

Wonderfully written piece! I enjoyed the music as well.

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author avatar Retired
20th Nov 2013 (#)

It was great listening to these old time favorites. Very informative piece and a pleasure to read.

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