On this day, December 27, 1981, American pianist, singer, actor, bandleader and composer of such immortal popular hits as “Stardust”, “Georgia on My Mind”, “The Nearness of You”, and “Heart and Soul”, four of the most-recorded American songs of all time, died. Lauded and revered as one of the most talented, inventive, sophisticated and jazz-oriented of the hundreds of writers composing pop songs in the first half of the 20th century, Carmichael was 82 when he died. Dieing of heart failure in Rancho Mirage, California, Carmichael is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington, Indiana.
In 1986 the Carmichael family donated his archives, piano, and memorabilia to Indiana University, which established a Hoagy Carmichael Collection in its Archives of Traditional Music and the Hoagy Carmichael Room to permanently display selections from the collection.
In 2007 Carmichael was inducted into the Gennett Records Walk of Fame in Richmond, Indiana. A bronze and ceramic plaque is placed near the location of the studio where he first recorded “Stardust.”
On July 5, 2008, a mural with his portrait was dedicated to him on the south wall of the Readmore building in Richmond, Indiana.
The Hoagy Carmichael Landmark Sculpture by artist Michael McAuley was dedicated at Indiana University on Sept. 18, 2008.
Novelist Ian Fleming decided that his character James Bond should look a little like Carmichael
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