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Happy Birthday, Hoagy Carmichael

This week on Afterglow we celebrate the recent birthday of Hoagy Carmichael, with interpretations of Carmichael classics from many performers.

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We’ll feature interpretations of Carmichael classics from performers such as Art Blakey (with Freddie Hubbard soloing on “Skylark”), Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Sheila Jordan, Nat King Cole, Frank Morgan, Nina Simone, and many others.

This week on Afterglow we continue our recently-founded annual tradition of playing the music of Hoagy Carmichael on the Friday after Thanksgiving. (Hoagy was born November 22, 1899, so his birthday always falls close to the holiday.)

We’ll feature interpretations of Carmichael classics from performers such as Art Blakey (with Freddie Hubbard soloing on “Skylark”), Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Sheila Jordan, Nat King Cole, Frank Morgan, Nina Simone, and many others.

In the second hour of the program we’ll spotlight a rare 1939 radio broadcast from the Lyric Theater in Indianapolis, with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Hoagy joined by a special guest—Hoagy’s piano-playing mother Lida–for a blazing rendition of “Maple Leaf Rag.”

Other artists include Mark Murphy, the Four Freshmen, and Bob Dorough.

Music Heard On This Episode

Skylark
Art Blakey — Caravan (Riverside, 1962)
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Skylark
Art Blakey — Caravan (Riverside, 1962)
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Ballad in Blue
Benny Goodman — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Indiana Historical Society, 1935)
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Baltimore Oriole
Sheila Jordan — Portrait of Sheila (Blue Note, 1962)
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Georgia On My Mind
Ray Charles — Genius Hits the Road (ABC, 1960)
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Blue Orchids
Glenn Miller — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Indiana Historical Society, 1939)

Notes: With Ray Eberle on vocals.

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How Little We Know
Nat King Cole — Capitol Sings Hoagy Carmichael (Capitol, 1956)
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The Nearness of You
Frank Morgan — Love, Lost and Found (TelArc, 1995)
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Ivy
Jo Stafford — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Indiana Historical Society, 1947)
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In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
Al Cobine — Cobine Plays Carmichael (Cobine Inc., 1983)
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Moon Country
Hoagy Carmichael — First of the Singer-Songwriters (JSP, 1935)
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Lazy River
Bing Crosby/Louis Armstrong — Capitol Sings Hoagy Carmichael (Capitol, 1960)

Notes: Orchestra conducted by Billy May.

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Stardust
Earl Hines — Four Jazz Giants (Solo Art, 1973)
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I Get Along Without You Very Well
Nina Simone — Sugar In My Bowl 1967-1972 (RCA, 1968)
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Bread and Gravy
Barbara Lea — Stardust Melody: Beloved and Rare Songs (A-Records/Challenge, 2001)
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Ole Buttermilk Sky
Four Freshmen — Capitol Sings Hoagy Carmichael (Capitol, 1960)

Notes: Orchestra conducted by Billy May.

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What'll They Think of Next?
Benny Goodman/Helen Forrest — Complete Helen Forrest With Benny Goodman (Sony/Collectors' Choice, 1940)
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Heart and Soul
Mark Murphy — Great Jazz Vocalists Sing Hoagy Carmichael (Capitol, 1960)
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New Orleans
Bob Dorough — Stardust Melody: Beloved and Rare Songs (A-Records/Challenge, 2001)
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Little Old Lady
Tommy Dorsey — Raleigh Broadcast (IU Archives of Traditional Music, 1939)

Notes: 1939 radio broadcast from the Lyric Theater in Indianapolis.

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Riverboat Shuffle
Tommy Dorsey — Raleigh Broadcast (IU Archives of Traditional Music, 1939)
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Small Fry/Davenport Blues
Tommy Dorsey/Hoagy Carmichael — Raleigh Broadcast (IU Archives of Traditional Music, 1939)
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Maple Leaf Rag
Tommy Dorsey/Lida Carmichael — Raleigh Broadcast (IU Archives of Traditional Music, 1939)
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The Lamplighter's Serenade
Frank Sinatra — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Indiana Historical Society, 1942)
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Can't Get Indiana Off My Mind
Al Cobine — Cobine Plays Carmichael (Cobine Inc., 1986)
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Rockin' Chair
Mills Brothers — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Indiana Historical Society, 1934)
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Stardust
Hoagy Carmichael — Stardust, and Much More (Bluebird, 1960)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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