Happy 111th!!

I often think of Hoagy Carmichael and his music — his music, and the music of Porter, Kern, Arlen, Rodgers & Hart, Mercer and the like are a great passion of mine.   But today is Hoagy’s day.  Born on November 22nd, 1899 in Bloomington, Indiana, his is still a brilliance worth celebrating today.  I must admit, however, that as time marches on, and generations pass, his name is not as commonplace as it once was.  

While this musical genius’ name might not readily ignite recollection to the average Joe, any number of his songs usually do!  “The Nearness of You”, “Heart & Soul”, “Georgia On My Mind” and “Stardust” remain four of the most recorded songs of the last 100 years.  Add to that treats like “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening”, “Skylark”, “Riverboat Shuffle”, “Ole Buttermilk Sky”, “Lazybones”, “Two Sleepy People” and so many more…

So the next time you hear one of these classics — still being recorded today — think not of only the performer lovingly translating them, but the man who created them, for our great enjoyment.  Happy Birthday Hoagy!!

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