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When Hoagy Met Johnny: The Carmichael-Mercer Connection

The songwriting collaborations of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer--the hits and the lost and little-known songs as well.

  • Skylark

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    Photo: cover art

    Skylark: The Life and Times of Johnny Mercer

  • Hoagy Carmichael

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    "The Hoagy Carmichael Centennial Collection"

On the heels of last week’s Afterglow, a Johnny Mercer centennial tribute, and Hoagy Carmichael‘s birthday this past weekend, here’s Moon Country: Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, an hour-long exploration of their hits, including

  • “Skylark”
  • “Lazybones”
  • “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening”

and some of their lost and little-known songs as well.

Many thanks to the Indiana University Archives of Traditional Music for their permission to use several rare demo recordings made by Mercer and Carmichael.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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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