Star Dust in 1925?

by Albert Haim

Here is a piece published in the February 15, 1939 issue of the Lima (Ohio) News.

It was in a recording session of the old days of swing, [this was Jan 26, 1925, the Rhythm Jugglers session in Richmond IN] 15 years ago, that Hoagy dropped in on a small pickup band that included both Tommy and the famous Bix. The band was recording Davenport Blues, and between choruses Hoagy played over for the boys two new melodies that had been running thru his head. One was already named, Washboard Blues one of Tommys most successful recent recordings. The other strain had no name at the time but later became the famous Stardust, one of the popular tunes of American music and the composition for which Hoagy is best known.

According to this bit of news, "Stardust" was to Hoagy what "In A Mist" was to Bix. Hoagy was thinking about "Stardust" in 1925, but did not record it until 1927. Similarly, Bix was thinking about "In A Mist" in 1925, but did not record it until 1927.

Albert

PS Carl, what are your favorite two or three Herschel Evans recordings? I would like to listen to some of what he recorded.



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