Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981)

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01Nuisance Of The Neighbourhood20151116

Donald Macleod focuses on Carmichael's early years.

Donald Macleod begins a week of programmes exploring the life and music of one of America's most beloved songwriters.

America's brightest musical stars have queued up to record Carmichael's songs ever since he produced his first hit, 'Star Dust' in 1927. Many of his most celebrated numbers such as 'Heart and Soul' and 'Georgia on my Mind' have become standards. A self-taught musician, Hoagy's instinct for a winning tune was always coupled with a sophisticated approach to words and music alongside the swinging influence of his jazz origins. Donald Macleod follows Carmichael's story, from his humble origins as the son of an itinerant electrician in Indiana to the bright lights and glamour of Hollywood.

In this first programme, a life in music beckons for the prodigiously talented young pianist. Even so, Hoagy figures a career in law would be the more prudent course.

Star Dust

Nat King Cole, singer

Gordon Jenkins, conductor

Little Old Lady

Hoagy Carmichael, singer

The Casa Loma Orchestra

Glen Gray, conductor

The Nearness of You

Sarah Vaughan, singer

Song of Spring

Kenny Sargent, singer

Ginger and Spice

Hoagy Carmichael, singer and piano

Memphis in June

Lazybones

Harvey

Irving Mills and His Hotsy Totsy Gang

Riverboat Shuffle

Wolverine Orchestra

Papa's Gone Bye-Bye Blues

Hoagy Carmichael and his Orchestra

Boneyard Shuffle

Hitch's Happy Harmonists

Washboard Blues

When Baby Sleeps

Hoagy Carmichael and His Pals

Friday Night

One Night in Havana

Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra.

02From Clerk To Composer20151117

Donald Macleod on why Carmichael was still uncertain about abandoning a legal career.

Donald Macleod explores the life and music of one of America's most beloved songwriters.

America's brightest musical stars have queued up to record Carmichael's songs ever since he produced his first hit, 'Star Dust' in 1927. Many of his most celebrated numbers such as 'Heart and Soul' and 'Georgia on my Mind' have become standards. A self-taught musician, Hoagy's instinct for a winning tune was always coupled with a sophisticated approach to words and music alongside the swinging influence of his jazz origins. Donald Macleod follows Carmichael's story, from his humble origins as the son of an itinerant electrician in Indiana to the bright lights and glamour of Hollywood.

In this second programme, Hoagy has some success with his first recordings, but he's still uncertain about abandoning his legal career for music. Just a things are looking up, a bad investment wipes out his life savings.

Come Easy Go Easy Love

Sunny Clapp and his Band O' Sunshine

March of the Hoodlums

Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra

Rockin' Chair

Manhattan Rag

Irving Mills and His Hotsy Totsy Gang

What Kind Of Man Is You?

Stardust

Isham Jones and His Orchestra

High and Dry

My Sweet

Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra

Georgia on my Mind

Nat Gonella and His New Georgians

New Orleans

Ella Logan, singer

Hoagy Carmichael and Orchestra

Sing It Way Down Low

One Morning in May

Judy

Thanksgivin'

Skylark

Dinah Shore, voice

The Red Norvo Quintet

How Little We Know

Nat King Cole, singer

Nelson Riddle, conductor.

03Hollywood20151118

Donald Macleod explores how Carmichael finally broke into the film industry.

Donald Macleod explores the life and music of one of America's most beloved songwriters.

America's brightest musical stars have queued up to record Carmichael's songs, ever since he produced his first hit, 'Star Dust' in 1927. Many of his most celebrated numbers such as 'Heart and Soul' and 'Georgia on my Mind' have become standards. A self-taught musician, Hoagy's instinct for a winning tune was always coupled with a sophisticated approach to words and music alongside the swinging influence of his jazz origins. Donald Macleod follows Carmichael's story, from his humble origins as the son of an itinerant electrician in Indiana to the bright lights and glamour of Hollywood.

Today, as Hoagy reaches his thirties we find him making advances in both his professional and personal lives. A whirlwind romance is followed by the fulfilment of a childhood dream when he finally breaks into the movie business.

Charlie Two-Step

The Boswell Sisters

Moonburn

Bing Crosby, singer

Ballad in Blue

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Sing Me A Swing Song

Helen Ward, vocal

Lyin' To Myself

Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra

Jubilee

Nat Gonella and His Georgians

Two Sleepy People

Shirley Ross, singer

Bob Hope, singer

Heart and Soul

Mel Torme Trio

Small Fry

Matt Monro, singer

Jonnie Spence, conductor

That's Right I'm Wrong

Meredith Blake, singer

Jack Teagarden and His Orchestra

I Get Along Without You Very Well

Evelyn Knight, singer

The Rumba Jumps

Mel Torme, singer

Skylark

We're The Couple In The Castle

Ray Eberle, singer

Glenn Miller and His Orchestra

Baltimore Oriole

Francis Langford, singer

Hoagy Carmichael, whistle

The Victor Young Orchestra

The Lamplighters Serenade

Frank Sinatra, singer

Axek Stordahl, conductor

Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief

Betty Hutton, singer

Paul Weston, conductor.

Donald Macleod explores how Carmichael finally broke into the film industry.

04Tonight At Hoagy's20151119

Why although life seemed perfect for Carmichael and his wife, all was not well for them.

Donald Macleod explores the life and music of one of America's most beloved songwriters.

America's brightest musical stars have queued up to record Carmichael's songs ever since he produced his first hit, 'Star Dust' in 1927. Many of his most celebrated numbers such as 'Heart and Soul' and 'Georgia on my Mind' have become standards. A self-taught musician, Hoagy's instinct for a winning tune was always coupled with a sophisticated approach to words and music alongside the swinging influence of his jazz origins. Donald Macleod follows Carmichael's story, from his humble origins as the son of an itinerant electrician in Indiana to the bright lights and glamour of Hollywood.

Life seemed just about perfect for Hoagy and his wife Ruth, as the composer churned out hit after hit and they moved easily among the social circles of Hollywood's elite. All was not as it appeared and the movie community were aghast when Hoagy had an affair, throwing his failing marriage into the spotlight.

My Christmas Song For You

The Mills Brothers

Ole Buttermilk Sky

Hoagy Carmichael, singer

Lou Bring, conductor

Rogue River Valley

Hoagy Carmichael, vocal and piano

Who Killed 'Er

Lazy River

Bing Crosby, singer

Louis Armstrong, voice and trumpet

Billy May, conductor

Bubble-Loo, Bubble-Loo

Peggy Lee, singer

Dave Barbour, conductor

Ivy

Jo Stafford, singer

Paul Weston and His Orchestra

Put Yourself In My Place, Baby

The Rhythmaires

When Love Goes Wrong

Margaret Whiting, singer

Jimmy Wakely, singer

Buddy Cole, conductor

In the Cool Cool Cool of The Evening

Jane Wyman, singer

My Resistance Is Low

Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra and Chorus

A Woman Likes To Be Told

Evelyn Knight, singer

I Guess It Was You All The Time

Matt Monro, singer

Ain't There Anyone Here For Love

Jane Russell, singer

Love Will Soon Be Here

Dave Cavanaugh, conductor

Casanova Cricket

Billy May, director

Winter Moon

Don Fagerquist, trumpet

Art Pepper, alto saxophone

Jimmy Rowles, piano and celeste

Al Hendrickson, guitar

Joe Mondragon, bass

Nick Fatool, drums.

05A Fading Icon20151120

Carmichael's final years, as he found his brand of classic songwriting were out of fashion

Donald Macleod explores the life and music of one of America's most beloved songwriters.

America's brightest musical stars have queued up to record Carmichael's songs ever since he produced his first hit, 'Star Dust' in 1927. Many of his most celebrated numbers such as 'Heart and Soul' and 'Georgia on my Mind' have become standards. A self-taught musician, Hoagy's instinct for a winning tune was always coupled with a sophisticated approach to words and music alongside the swinging influence of his jazz origins. Donald Macleod follows Carmichael's story, from his humble origins as the son of an itinerant electrician in Indiana to the bright lights and glamour of Hollywood.

As the sixties dawned, Hoagy found his brand of classic song writing fall from fashion, as America took up Bill Hailey's injunction to 'Rock around the clock'. His old age was marked by frustration and bereavement but, just before his death, he was honoured when the mayor of New York declared June 27th "Hoagy Carmichael Day."

The Whale

Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra

One Morning in May

The Sage

Tracy Thomas, singer

Nathan Thomas, piano

Music Always Music

Mediterranean Love

A Perfect Paris Night

Gene Barry, singer

Carmichael

Johnny Appleseed Suite (Prayer and Cathedral Vision) arr. Van Cleve and Dant

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Raymond Leppard, conductor

Georgia On My Mind

Ray Charles, singer

Ev'ntide

Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra

Lazy River

Fleur de Lys

There Goes Another Pal Of Mine

Burl Ives, singer

Serenade to Gabriel

Hoagy Carmichael, vocals and piano

Ooh What You Said

Marion Hutton, singer

Glenn Miller and His Orchestra

March of the Hoodlums

Ed Land and his Orchestra

Stardust

Nat Gonella and His Georgians.