Hoagy Carmichael: His Own Voice

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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.