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Tribute to Hoagy Carmichael: Concert and Film

The Columbus Area Arts Council and YES Cinema will present a tribute to famed Indiana composer Hoagy Carmichael on Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 pm. Longtime music store owner, Tom Pickett, and fellow musicians, will present a musical program and relate stories about the life and career of the acclaimed Indiana University graduate. Following the concert, Hoagy’s first featured film performance will be presented with the screening of TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT. Tickets for the event include the concert and film, are $10 and may be purchased at YES Cinema & Café (corner of 4th and Jackson Streets) and Viewpoint Books (corner of 6th and Washington Streets).

This classic 1944 film, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT stars Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and fellow Hoosier, Walter Brennan. Hoagy plays Cricket, the droll piano player.

A true Indiana legend, Carmichael authored numerous songs, many of which became today’s standards. Hoagy’s songs have been recorded over and over, and to this day, still used in motion pictures! “Georgia on My Mind,” “Lazy Bones,” “Heart and Soul,” “The Nearness of You,” “Rockin’ Chair and Two Sleepy People” are just a few of the classics Hoagy has written. Hoagy collaborated with other musical icons the likes of Mitchell Parish, Frank Loesser and Johnny Mercer. Stardust, perhaps the most famous of all Hoagy’s songs is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, with over 1,500 total recordings. In 2004, this Carmichael original (1927 recording) was one of only 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

Judy Garland got her name from a popular song that Carmichael wrote in the early 1930s. James Bond Creator, Ian Fleming, stated in his 1953 novel Casino Royale, that 007 bore a striking resemblance to Hoagy. He holds the record for longest song title: “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.”

Movie Storyline: Harry Morgan and his alcoholic sidekick, Eddie, are based on the island of Martinique and crew a boat available for hire. However, since the second world war is happening around them business is not what it could be and after a customer who owes them a large sum fails to pay they are forced against their better judgment to violate their preferred neutrality and to take a job for the resistance transporting a fugitive on the run from the Nazis to Martinique. Through all this runs the stormy relationship between Morgan and Marie “Slim” Browning, a resistance sympathizer and the sassy singer in the club where Morgan spends most of his days. Written by Mark Thompson.