Restrained Off-Blue

"I hate radio," said Hoagy Carmichael. But in the five weeks since the hit songwriter* went on the air coast-to-coast (Sun. 5:30-5:45 p.m., E.S.T., CBS), radio has threatened more & more to become little (5 ft. 7 in.) Hoagy's big job. Reason: for the first time a wide public has realized that Carmichael is not only a great songwriter, but also an extraordinarily tasteful, idiomatic jazz singer. His style is a restrained off-blue (he calls it "flatsy through the nose").

On the air, Hoagy honky-tonks around on a baby upright ("It's got that nice chuckachucka tone"), makes palaver with one Sherlee Turner....

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