Hoagy Carmichael

Hoagy Carmichael


Hoagy Carmichael
TV: East side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Actor | Songwriter
Born Hoagland Howard Carmichael on Nov. 22, 1899 in Bloomington, Ind.
Died Dec. 27, 1981 of heart attack in Eisenhower Medical Center, Calif.

Hoagy Carmichael wrote such dreamy and relaxed standards as "Lazy Bones," "Stardust" and "Georgia on My Mind."

In 1928 Carmichael formed his own band that featured his own compositions — "Riverboat Shuffle" and "Washboard Blues."

His breakthrough came in 1930 — with a song he had written nearly five years earlier. It was called "Stardust." He had scribbled it out on the forepages of a law book while waiting for business in Palm Beach, Fla.

Over the years he collaborated with such musical stars as Johnny Mercer, Frank Loesser, Ned Washington, Jack Brooks, Jo Trent, Sammy Lerner and Irving Mills.

He and Mercer shared the 1951 Academy Award for original song for "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" from "Here Comes the Groom."

He was, he said, "enticed" into acting with the role of Cricket, a barroom piano player in "To Have and Have Not," with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

He played Jonesy from 1959-60 on the television western "Laramie."

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1946 Best Song "Ole Buttermilk Sky" from Canyon Passage Nomination*
    1951 Best Song "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" from Here Comes the Groom Win*
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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