Music: The Nearness of Hoagy

For 75 years, Carmichael compositions have set the world singing. Now, at 100, he's back in style

In 1926 a young lawyer paused in his clerking at a West Palm Beach, Fla., firm to listen to some radio music floating on the sultry air. When he recognized the song, Washboard Blues, as one he had written, Hoagland Howard Carmichael forgot about the bar and set about becoming the old music master.

It was a smart choice. Within a few years, he had written the songs that made his reputation--instant standards like Star Dust, Lazy River, Georgia on My Mind that insinuated themselves into the universal ear and made a home there. Hoagy recorded these jazzy ballads and boppers...

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