Hoagland Howard "Hoagy" Carmichael (November 22, 1899 – December 27, 1981) was an American singer, songwriter, and actor. American composer and author Alec Wilder described Carmichael as the "most talented, inventive, sophisticated and jazz-oriented of all the great craftsmen" of pop songs in the first half of the 20th century. Carmichael was one of the most successful Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the 1930s and was among the first singer-songwriters in the age of mass media to utilize new communication technologies, such as television and the use of electronic microphones and sound recordings.
Carmichael composed several hundred songs, including 50 that achieved hit record status. He is best known for composing the music for "Stardust", "Georgia on My Mind" (lyrics by Stuart Gorrell), "The Nearness of You", and "Heart and Soul" (in collaboration with lyricist Frank Loesser), four of the most-recorded American songs of all time. He also collaborated with lyricist Johnny Mercer on "Lazybones" and "Skylark." Carmichael's "Ole Buttermilk Sky" was an Academy Award nominee in 1946, from Canyon Passage, in which he co-starred as a musician riding a mule. "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening," with lyrics by Mercer, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1951. Carmichael also appeared as a character actor and musical performer in 14 films, hosted three musical-variety radio programs, performed on television, and wrote two autobiographies.
Birth and Death Data: Born November 22nd, 1899 (Bloomington), Died December 27th, 1981 (Rancho Mirage)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1956
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, vocalist, lyricist, songwriter, piano, director, whistling, leader, celeste, drums, organ
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 321 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-32715||10-in.||5/23/1925||Riverboat shuffle||Benson Orchestra of Chicago ; Don Bestor||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-33894||10-in.||11/24/1925||Washboard blues||The Original Memphis Five||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||CVE-40901||12-in.||11/18/1927||Washboard blues||Hoagy Carmichael ; Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-41367||10-in.||12/12/1927||My Ohio home||Jean Goldkette Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus||vocalist|
|Victor||BVE-41368||10-in.||12/12/1927||So tired||Jean Goldkette Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||CVE-43188||12-in.||3/28/1928||One night in Havana||Waring's Concert Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-48897||10-in.||2/19/1929||Rockin' chair||Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist, director, vocalist, composer|
|Victor||BVE-48898||10-in.||2/19/1929||March of the hoodlums||Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer, director|
|Victor||BVE-48899||10-in.||2/19/1929||One night in Havana||Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, director|
|Victor||BVE-50500||10-in.||2/19/1929||Walkin' the dog||Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BVE-50502||10-in.||2/19/1929||Sittin' and whittlin'||Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director, vocalist|
|Victor||BVE-50503||10-in.||2/19/1929||Will you, won't you be my baby||Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BRC-53016||10-in.||4/16/1931||Come easy, go easy, love||Carolina Dandies||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director, composer, vocalist|
|Victor||BVE-57544||10-in.||11/14/1929||March of the hoodlums||Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-59800||10-in.||5/21/1930||Rockin' chair||Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||composer, director, vocalist, instrumentalist, organ, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-62301||10-in.||5/21/1930||Barnacle Bill, the sailor||Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra ; Carson Robison||Jazz/dance band, with 2 male vocal solos and male vocal chorus||director|
|Victor||BVE-63653||10-in.||9/15/1930||Georgia (on my mind)||Hoagy Carmichael ; Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, director, vocalist|
|Victor||BVE-63654||10-in.||9/15/1930||One night in Havana||Hoagy Carmichael ; Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, director, vocalist|
|Victor||BVE-63655||10-in.||9/15/1930||Bessie couldn't help it||Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director, vocalist|
|Victor||BVE-64365||10-in.||11/20/1930||Lazy river||Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||songwriter, director, vocalist|
|Victor||BVE-64366||10-in.||11/20/1930||Papa gone bye bye blues||Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, director, vocalist, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-64367||10-in.||11/20/1930||Just forget||Hoagy Carmichael ; Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director, vocalist|
|Victor||BVE-67505||10-in.||2/17/1931||Rockin' chair||Andrew G. Freeman ; Johnny Hamp Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-67517||10-in.||2/20/1931||Star dust||Wayne King Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BRC-68265||10-in.||7/9/1931||Stardust||Chicago Hot Five ; Eddie Miles||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Carmichael, Hoagy," accessed June 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102001.
Carmichael, Hoagy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102001.
"Carmichael, Hoagy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 June 2021.
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