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Eventually Hoagy gave up law and went to New York. Success was slow in coming, but he recorded some songs for Mills Music which were picked up by leading bands. Mildred Bailey had hits with “Rockin’ Chair” in 1929 and “Georgia on My Mind” in 1932 (lyrics by Stuart Gorrell).
In 1936 Carmichael headed to Hollywood for success both on and off screen. He established his persona as a pianist/singer—hat tipped back, coatless, cigarette hanging from his lips—in the Bogart/Bacall film To Have and Have Not (1942), and people loved his relaxed, nasal delivery. By 1946 he had three songs on the Hit Parade, and in 1951 he and Johnny Mercer won an Oscar for “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening.” Other Mercer collaborations turned out “Lazy Bones” (1931) and “Skylark” (1941).
But it is “Stardust” (1928), with lyrics by Mitchell Parish, for which Carmichael is best remembered. The list of musicians who have not recorded it is a short one. Parish also wrote lyrics to “One Morning in May” (1931).
Hoagy’s other collaborations produced “Baltimore Oriole” (1942) and “Memphis in June” (1945) with Paul Francis Webster; “Two Sleepy People” (1938) with Frank Loesser; “The Nearness of You” (1937) with Ned Washington; and “Ole Buttermilk Sky” (1946) with Jack Brooks, which was nominated for “Best Song” Oscar in 1947. Carmichael wrote music and lyrics for “Daybreak” (1932) and “I Get Along Without You Very Well” (1938).
- Sandra Burlingame
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Richard M. Sudhalter
Stardust Melody:The Life and Music of Hoagy Carmichael
Oxford University Press
Hoagy Carmichael, John Edward Hasse, Stephen Longstreet
The Stardust Road and Sometimes I Wonder: The Autobiography of Hoagy Carmichael
Da Capo Press
The Hoagy Carmichael Songbook (Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook)
Hal Leonard Corporation
Hoagy Carmichael-His Life & Music
Hoagy Carmichael - His Life and Music
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Hoagy Carmichael
To Have and Have Not (1945)
Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Hoagy Carmichael
Young Man With a Horn (1950)
Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O'Donnell, Hoagy Carmichael
The Best Years of Our Lives
MGM (Video & DVD)
Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Alexis Smith, Franchot Tone
Just For You/Here Comes the Groom
DVD Includes "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening"
Louis Armstrong, Richard Basehart, Hoagy Carmichael, Doc Cheatham, Jack Fulton
Playboy Home Video
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