Old Man Harlem, 1956.

by Albert Haim

Here is an extract from John Steiner's interview of Hoagy Carmichael.


(The complete interview is available in http://ms.cc.sunysb.edu/~alhaim/audiotapes.htm#Author:Hoagy )

Here are the vital statistics for the recording (From Hoagy's Indiana University site).


Barnacle Bill the sailor [sound recording] / Carson J. Robinson, Frank Luther; [performed by] Hoagy Carmichael. Old man Harlem/ Hoagy Carmichael, Rudy Vallee (see **); [performed by] Hoagy Carmichael.


Carmichael, Hoagy, 1899- (performer)

Publication info:

[S.l.] : Coral, [1956]

Manufacturer's Number:

Coral 9-61767

Physical description:

1 sound disc (5:19) : analog, 45 rpm; 7 in.


Coral: 45 9582 1 (matrix); 45 9583 1 (matrix).


Popular songs.


"Sample copy, not for sale"--Label.

Performer note:

Hoagy Carmichael, vocals; with orchestral accompaniment; Bud Dant, conductor.

Event note:

Recorded in Los Angeles, October 2, 1956--Cf. The Decca labels / Ruppli, c1996.

 ** Sudhalter discusses the authorship of this tune in his biography of Hoagy.


Note that Bud Dant was the conductor. I remind you that Dant was one of the Carmichael's Collegians who recorded a bunch of tunes for Gennett in 1928. Dant is mentioned extensively in Sudhalter's biography of Hoagy,


Hoagy states that he wrote a chorus for the whole band in the style of Bix. I looked through my Hoagy recordings, but could not find the 1956 recording of "Old Man Harlem." Does anyone out there have a copy and can make an mp3 for me? Those of you who have heard the recording, is there a chorus played by the ensemble that sounds as if it had been conceived by Bix himself?



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