Hoagy Carmichael

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Hoagy Carmichael in 1947

Hoagland Howard "Hoagy" Carmichael (November 22, 1899December 27, 1981) was an American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader. He wrote the music for many songs, but rarely wrote the lyrics.


  • You sittin' here chained to your rockin' chair.
  • It's the story of a very unfortunate colored man
    Who got arrested down in Old Hong Kong
    He got twenty years' privilege taken away from him
    When he kicked old Buddha's gong.
  • I'm a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin’ Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues
    • 1947 song title, generally agreed to be the longest title of any commercially published song.

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