Howard Hoagland “Hoagy” Carmichael is best known for composing the music for “Stardust”, “Georgia on My Mind”, “The Nearness of You”, and “Heart and Soul”, four of the most-recorded American songs of all time.He was a talented performer and a common sight during my youth in movies.
Do you remember Up A Lazy River?
Hoagy graduated from the University of Indiana and the Indiana University School of Law. He never had piano lessons but may have learned from his mother.
Do you remember Haogy Singing Georgia On My Mind?
Carmichael got his middle name from a circus troupe that stayed at his family home. He always had a knack for the theatrical.
Here are some quotes (thanks to brainyquote.com):
In Hollywood, the rainbow hits the ground for composers.
Ragtime was my lullaby.
I don’t think I’ll ever be president of anything.
Never play anything that don’t sound right. You might not make any money, but at least you won’t get hostile with yourself.
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