Remembering Hoagy Carmichael


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We lost Hoagy Carmichael on this date in 1981. We have not lost “Skylark." Here's Carmichael in 1956 singing one of his most beloved songs. The words are by Johnny Mercer, the alto saxophone solo by Art Pepper, the trumpet by Don Fagerquist.

The song is from Hoagy Sings Carmichael With the Pacific Jazzmen, his classic album with arrangements by Johnny Mandel—a basic repertoire item.

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