Hoagy Carmichael: His Own Voice

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Friday, June 04, 2010

This weekend, a run of shows devoted to the music and lyrics of Hoagy Carmichael will recall the distinctive style of that composer and performer.  We have more on Carmichael from WNYC’s Sara Fishko, in this edition of The Fishko Files…

Hoagy Carmichael was one of the first true American singer/songwriters, creating hits like Georgia on my Mind, Star Dust, and Rockin’ Chair.

Born Hoagland Howard Carmichael in Bloomington, Indiana in 1899, to a horse-drawn taxi driver father, and a pianist mother, Hoagy took after his mother and began playing piano at a young age. After discovering music, his mother supposedly said to young Hoagy, “Music is fun, Hoagland, but it don’t buy you cornpone.” Given Hoagy’s success, however, music may have bought the cornpone after all.  

Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister

Assistant Producer: Laura Mayer




This weekend you’ll have five chances to see a live show devoted to Carmichael’s work. “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening: The Stardust of Hoagy Carmichael” starts Saturday night and runs through Monday at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.

Hosted by:

Sara Fishko

Comments [2]

LouisK from NYC

When speaking of composers/singers please remember Gene Austin

Jun. 05 2010 04:02 AM
Dorothy Kellogg from NYC

this morning I awoke to Dick Sudhalter's voice. It was a great shock, since he died two years ago. I had been thinking the night before how I was beginning to forgot what his voice sounded like and suddenly, thanks to NPR and Sara Fishko, there he was again. I am pleased that the Hoagy show will be at the 92nd St Y this weekend. I know that Hoagy Bix will be there and hope to re-live some wonderful times through the music of the Lyrics and Lyricist program. Thank you, Sara, for this little gem.

Jun. 04 2010 12:18 PM

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