Afterglow Jazz and American Popular Song

Where The Rainbow Hits The Ground: Hoagy Carmichael In Hollywood

Hoagy Carmichael was already a successful songwriter when he moved to Hollywood in 1936, but it was the movies that made him a familiar face to millions.

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Still photo of Hoagy Carmichael and Lauren Bacall in the 1944 film TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT.

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Play it again, Hoagy: Carmichael and Lauren Bacall in TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT.

Jazz scholar and Smithsonian American music curator John Hasse has observed that there were three important periods in Hoagy Carmichael’s career as a songwriter and performer: his early Indiana years in the 1920s, his stay in New York City from 1929 to 1936, and his time in Hollywood, from the late 1930s to the end of his life. On this edition of Afterglow we explore Hoagy’s Hollywood period, which yielded the hit songs “Two Sleepy People,” “Ole Buttermilk Sky,” and “In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening,” as well as lesser-known tunes such as “Ivy” and “My Resistance Is Low.”

The program also includes commentary from Hasse, Carmichael biographer Richard Sudhalter, and Afterglow founding host Dick Bishop, with discussion of Carmichael’s acting roles in films such as The Best Years Of Our Lives and To Have And Have Not.

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Music Heard On This Episode

Hong Kong Blues
Hoagy Carmichael — Hollywood Jazz And Swing (Rhino/WEA, 2000)
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Hong Kong Blues
Hoagy Carmichael — Hollywood Jazz And Swing (Rhino/WEA, 2000)

Notes: 8:01 p.m.

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Kinda Lonesome
Maxine Sullivan — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Smithsonian, 1994)

Notes: 8:04 p.m.

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Moonburn
Bing Crosby — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Smithsonian, 1994)

Notes: 8:08 p.m.

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Old Man Moon
Cary Grant/Constance Bennett/Hoagy Carmichael — Topper

Notes: 8:11 p.m.

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Small Fry
Mildred Bailey — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Smithsonian, 1994)

Notes: 8:17 p.m.

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Two Sleepy People
Bob Hope/Shirley Ross — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Smithsonian, 1994)

Notes: 8:20 p.m.

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How Little We Know
Lauren Bacall — To Have And Have Not

Notes: 8:24 p.m.

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Baltimore Oriole
Hoagy Carmichael — Hollywood Swing And Jazz (Rhino/WEA, 2000)

Notes: 8:26 p.m.

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Heart And Soul (midpoint music bed)
Hank Jones — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Smithsonian, 1994)

Notes: 8:29 p.m.

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Lazy River
Hoagy Carmichael — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Smithsonian, 1994)

Notes: 8:33 p.m.

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Memphis In June
Hoagy Carmichael — First Of The Singer-Songwriters (JSP, 2009)

Notes: 8:37 p.m.

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Ivy
Jo Stafford — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Smithsonian, 1994)

Notes: 8:37 p.m.

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When Love Goes Wrong
Marilyn Monroe/Jane Russell — Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Notes: 8:40 p.m.

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In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening
Bing Crosby/Jane Wyman — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Smithsonian, 1994)

Notes: 8:45 p.m.

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My Resistance Is Low
Hoagy Carmichael — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Smithsonian, 1994)

Notes: 8:50 p.m.

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Ole Buttermilk Sky
Hoagy Carmichael — First Of The Singer-Songwriters (JSP, 2009)

Notes: 8:54 p.m.

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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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