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Hoagy Carmichael
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    (November 22, 1899-December 27, 1981)
    Birth name was Hoagland Howard Carmichael
    Wrote 'Stardust,' 'Ole Buttermilk Sky,' 'Georgia on My Mind,' 'In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening,' 'Washboard Blues,' 'Riverboat Shuffle,' 'Lazybones,' 'One Morning in May,' 'Lazy River,' 'Thanksgivin',' 'Moonburn,' 'In the Still of the Night,' 'Small Fry,' 'Ooh, What You Said,' 'Two Sleepy People,' 'Heart and Soul,' 'Skylark' and 'The Nearness of You'
    Host of the TV series 'The Saturday Night Revue' (1953-1954)
    He described his 1951 gig at the London Palladium as such: 'I wore my hat on the back of my head and no tie, with a cigarette drooping from my lips, and I lazied through the entire performance.'
    He has a Guinness Book of World Records entry for the longest song title to make the charts: 'I'm a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doing Those Beat-o, Beat-o, Flat on my Seat-o Hirohito Blues' (1946).
    He said of hearing a recording of his song 'Stardust:' 'And then it happened--that queer sensation that this melody was bigger than me. Maybe I hadn't written it at all. I wanted to shout back at it, 'maybe I didn't write you, but I found you.'
    He played piano in several college bands while attending Indiana University.
    He gave up a law practice to become a songwriter.
    He won an Oscar for 'In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening' (1951).
    He played himself on an episode of 'The Flintstones' (1961).
    He has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
    Two of his songs were prominently featured in the 2005 Academy Awards in the category of 'Best Picture Of The Year - 'The Aviator' ('Stardust') and 'Ray' ('Georgia on My Mind').

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