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Overview (3)

Born in Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Died in Rancho Mirage, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameHoagland Howard Carmichael

Mini Bio (1)

Award-winning songwriter ("Stardust", "Ole Buttermilk Sky", "Georgia on My Mind"), composer, pianist, actor and singer, educated at Indiana University (LL.B). He played piano in the college bands, and later gave up a law practice for a career in songwriting. He joined ASCAP in 1931, and his chief musical collaborators included Mitchell Parish, Stuart Gorrell, Frank Loesser, Johnny Mercer, Sammy Lerner, Stanley Adams, Edward Heyman, Paul Francis Webster, Jack Brooks, Ned Washington, and Jo Trent.

His autobiographies are "The Stardust Road" and "Sometimes I Wonder". His other popular-song compositions include "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" (Academy Award, 1951), "Washboard Blues", "Riverboat Shuffle", "Little Old Lady", "Lazybones", "Rockin' Chair", "One Morning in May", "Snowball", "Lazy River", "Thanksgivin'", "Judy", "Moonburn", , "Small Fry", "Ooh, What You Said", "The Rhumba Jumps", "Two Sleepy People", "Heart and Soul", "Skylark", "The Nearness of You", "When Love Walks By", "Daybreak", "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief", "Ivy", "Memphis in June", "Hong Kong Blues", "I Get Along Without You Very Well", "Blue Orchids", "The Old Music Master", "How Little We Know", "The Lamplighter's Serenade", "I Walk With Music", "Come Easy Go Easy Love", "Can't Get Indiana Off My Mind", "I Should Have Known You Years Ago", "Baltimore Oriole", "Rogue River Valley", "Who Killed 'Er (Who Killed the Black Widder?)", "Moon Country", "When Love Goes Wrong", "Mediterranean Love", "Music, Always Music", "There Goes Another Pal of Mine", "Just For Tonight" and "My Resistance is Low".

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Family (1)

Spouse Wanda McKay (20 May 1977 - 27 December 1981)  (his death)
Ruth Meinardi (14 March 1937 - 8 November 1955)  (divorced)  (2 children)

Trivia (11)

Interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
Pictured on one of a set of four 32¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, issued 11 September 1996, celebrating American songwriters. Others honored in this issue are Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, and Dorothy Fields.
James Bond Creator Ian Fleming, stated in his 1953 novel Casino Royale, that 007 bore a striking resemblance to Hoagy
Judy Garland got her name from a popular song that he wrote in the early 1930s, about a girl whose voice is as fresh as spring.
Holds the record for longest song title: "I'm a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doing Those Beat-o, Beat-o, Flat on my Seat-o Hirohito Blues".
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 130-133. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
Hoagy wrote the song 'Yabba Dabba Dabbba-Dabba Do' for the Flintstone's episode 'Hit Songwriters'.
Originally went to law school at Indiana University before turning to music.
The name Hoagy came from a traveling circus called "The Hoaglands" who lived with his mother while she was pregnant.
One of the high school auditoriums in Bloomington, Indiana, is named for him.

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