Pianist, composer, lyricist, singer, actor, television personality, and author, Hoagland
Howard Carmichael was born on November 22, 1899, in Bloomington, Indiana.
In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of his birth,
the public radio stations of Indiana have joined forces to produce a one-hour radio
special that explores the music, history, and international fame of this Indiana native
Early in his life Carmichael attended Indiana University
in Bloomington, where, across the street from campus in the smoky rooms of the Book Nook
café, such legendary tunes as Stardust were born. After receiving his Law Degree
from Indiana University in 1926, his love of music carried him in other directions. For
his contributions to American Popular Song, Hoagy is now considered one of the greatest
songwriters of the 20th Century. Throughout his musical career, he worked with
some of the most celebrated artists of his era: Bix Beiderbecke, Johnny Mercer, the Dorsey
brothers, Jack Teagarden, Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Susan
Hayward, and Ethel Barrymore. Member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Oscar winner,
Academy Award nominee, and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Indiana University,
Hoagy is one of Indianas true artistic treasures. And the public radio stations of
Indiana have come together to celebrate him with Hoagy!
Hosted and by singer-songwriter and public radio veteran Tom Roznowski, Hoagy! features interviews with and
commentary from people who know Carmichaels music and knew the man himself,
including jazz pianist Marian McPartland, musician and
scholar David Baker, Ross Barbour
of the Four Freshman, and Hoagy biographer Richard
The special also includes rarely-heard comments from Hoagy
himself and many classic and contemporary recordings of Hoagy tunes. Selections range from
classic versions of Stardust by Nat King Cole and Artie Shaw, to contemporary
interpretations of Carmichael tunes by K.D. Lang and John Coltrane.
Hoagy! is a joint project of the Public Radio
stations of the Indiana Public Broadcasting Service (IPBS). Each station will air the
special tribute on or around November 22. In addition, a special commemorative CD is being
produced for distribution exclusively from these stations, and in the coming year the
program will be broadcast nationally under the auspices of IPBS-Radio or through National
One of the primary missions of IPBS-Radio is to coordinate
group action by individual stations in the state of Indiana and to act as an indispensable
statewide partner in providing the educational, artistic, and developmental needs of
Indiana residents through quality radio programming and outreach projects. Hoagy!
is a perfect example of IPBS-Radio at its best; through the encouragement and facilitation
of such cooperative ventures, the Public Radio Stations of Indiana are able to work
together to create quality educational programs that preserve the distinguished artistic
heritage of Indiana for its residents and for the nation.
WFIU-Bloomington is the major producing station.
Contributing radio stations include:
||Hoagy Carmichael used nothing more than a battered old
piano in the IU Student Union, along with considerable talent, to compose timeless
classics like Stardust.
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