Happy Birthday Hoagy Carmichael

Hoagy Carmichael, a successful songwriter, composer, pianist, and actor, was born on this date, November 22, 1899 in Bloomington, Indiana. Carmichael started playing the piano at age six, having been influenced by his mother who helped support the family by playing piano at parties and as an accompaniment to silent movies.

As a songwriter, he is well known for his songs “Stardust” and “Georgia On My Mind”, the former having been recorded by several singers including Bing Crosby in 1931, and the latter having been recorded most notably by Ray Charles. In 1935, he moved to California and started composing songs for Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Some of the movies he composed songs for were I Met Him in Paris (“I Met Him in Paris”), Romance in the Dark (“The Nearness of You”), and Some Like it Hot with Bob Hope (“Heart and Soul”). Continue reading →