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Carmichael, Hoagland Howard

Born: 1899 AD
Died: 1981 AD
2.9 (57.37%) 38 votes

1899 – Born on November 22nd in Bloomingon, Indiana. Award-winning songwriter, composer, pianist, actor and singer.

1919 – Carmichael booked the Louisville-based band of Louie Jordan, and this experience spurred Carmichael into becoming a self-described "jazz maniac".

1925-1926 – Carmichael managed to secure his Bachelor’s degree and a law degree, both at Indiana University.

1927 – Carmichael himself got a chance to record at Gennett studios.

         – One of the numbers he recorded on Halloween was an up-tempo wordless original called Star Dust.

1929 – Carmichael closed the chapter on the first of three periods in his life when he left Indiana and moved to New York City-where you had to go to make it in the music business.

         – Mills Music Company of New York published Carmichael’s Stardust, still a wordless instrumental.

1931 – He joined ASCAP, 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.

         – Carmichael was now writing folksy songs that would become jazz standards-notably Rockin’ Chair and Lazy River.

1931 – He was admitted to membership in the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), signifying his arrival in the songwriting fraternity.

1937 – Married to Ruth Meinardi.

1939 – Carmichael and Mercer collaborated on a Broadway musical, Walk with Music, but it closed quickly; this would be Carmichael’s only foray into musical theater.

1959-1960 – Carmichael became something of a fixture on television of the 1950s, even playing a straight dramatic role on the TV Western, Laramie.

1965 – His second book of memoirs, Sometimes I Wonder, was issued.

1971 – Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

         – He maintained an interest in children and published Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop, a collection of songs he composed for children.

1972 – Indiana University awarded him an honorary doctorate.

1977 – Married to Wanda McKay on May 20th.

         – Carmichael married the actress Wanda McKay after what was termed "a long courtship".

1979 – Carnegie Hall held a tribute concert.

1981 – Died of heart attack on December 27th in Rancho Mirage, California.

2.9 (57.37%) 38 votes