Sometimes I Wonder

Sometimes I Wonder

by Hoagy Carmichael



Howard Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael wrote some of the 20th century's most endearing and enduring popular songs. Active as pianist and vocalist and later famous as a character actor in motion pictures, Carmichael left behind a trail of phonograph recordings both timeless and charmingly dated. Living Era's Sometimes I Wonder brings together some of his best work recorded between November 1927 and December 1947. Some of these performances use drawling Southern dialects that typify a sizeable portion of the material composed and performed in the U.S. entertainment marketplace during the first half of the 20th century. The son of an electrician and a movie theater pianist, young Hoagy Carmichael received musical instruction from his mother, Lida Robison Carmichael, in his hometown of Bloomington, IN. He also learned how to swing by hanging out in the cathouses and speakeasies of Indianapolis, developing his technique under the influence of African-American ragtime pianist Reggie Duval. Part of the charm in Carmichael's musical legacy is his unusual singing voice; he hadn't set out to be a vocalist and was at first reluctant to sing at all in front of a microphone. His knack for conjuring pleasant melodies is well documented here and elsewhere; most importantly he would wish for everyone to recognize his primary influence. In Stardust Road, his first autobiography which was published in 1946, Carmichael immortalized his poetically charged friendship with Bix Beiderbecke, describing the two of them sprawled in front of the phonograph in 1924, sipping caustic prohibition whiskey while listening to Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird." Part of the magic of that intimate scenario is present in all of Hoagy Carmichael's best melodies. Living Era's Sometimes I Wonder spans the first two decades of Carmichael's career, documenting his collaborations with some of the most influential jazz musicians of his generation, including the Dorsey Brothers, Glenn Miller, Gene Krupa, Red Norvo, Louis Armstrong, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Bubber Miley and, of course, Bix Beiderbecke.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/1999
Label: Asv Living Era
UPC: 0743625534528
catalogNumber: 5345

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Paul Barbarin   Drums,Vibes
Steve Brown   Bass
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Spike Jones   Drums
Gene Krupa   Drums
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Albert Nicholas   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Red Norvo   Xylophone
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Joe Venuti   Violin
Luis Russell   Piano
Carl Kress   Guitar
Buddy Cole   Piano
Si Zentner   Trombone
Bubber Miley   Trumpet
Bix Beiderbecke   Cornet
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Perry Botkin   Banjo,Guitar
Arnold Brillhardt   Alto Saxophone
John Cyr   Drums
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Trumpet,Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
Pops Foster   Bass
Harry Goodman   Tuba
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Alto Saxophone
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Teddy Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Otis Johnson   Trumpet
Stan King   Drums
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Abe Lincoln   Trombone
Ella Logan   Vocals
Jack Mayhew   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Chauncey Morehouse   Vibes
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Mischa Russell   Violin
Arthur Schutt   Piano
Artie Shapiro   Bass
Jim Taft   Bass
Joe Tarto   Bass
Maurice Freedman   Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Hudson   Trumpet
Will Johnson   Guitar
Min Leibrook   Baritone Saxophone
Harold MacDonald   Drums,Vibes
Charles Strickfaden   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Boyce Cullen   Trombone
Chester Hazlett   Bass Clarinet
Wilbur Hall   Guitar
Ray Lodwig   Trumpet
Irving Brodsky   Piano,Celeste
Fred Murray   Trumpet
Bobby Guy   Trumpet
Harold "Scrappy" Lambert   Vocals

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Byron Warner   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Jacques Richmond   Composer
Charles A. Bayha   Composer
Fred B. Callahan   Composer

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