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Great American Composer Who Played Piano And Sang
on 5 August 2007
If Hoagy Carmichael had never written another note, he'd still be remembered as the man who wrote "Star Dust". Fortunately for us, he wrote a great deal more, which he sang in his highly idiosyncratic and oddly endearing style. The first CD of this set presents him doing just that, with a variety of accompaniments, including Paul Whiteman (Washboard Blues), and the Casa Loma Orchestra (Little Old Lady). Exceptionally, he duets with Ella Logan on two tracks, and Dick Robertson and Anita Boyer take vocal honours on one track apiece.
The second CD is in two parts; fifteen tracks of Hoagy singing the music of others, followed by eleven of other great artists performing his songs. The latter include Louis Armstrong, Connie Boswell, Frank Sinatra, Kay Starr, Bing Crosby, and Jane Russell.
This is an excellent compilation at a truly bargain price, which should appeal to Hoagy's many admirers, and garner him some more.