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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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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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