Song of the Day: Hoagy Carmichael, “Georgia On My Mind”

Jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke would be 118 years old today, 90 years longer than he lived. In his brief career he appeared on many of the early jazz records, including Hoagy Carmichael’s recording of his own "Georgia On My Mind." From the photos in the video, I believe he was talking about a girl named Georgia, but this is the official song of the state of Georgia, where I live. Besides Carmichael and Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden appears on trombone, Jimmy Dorsey on clarinet and alto sax, Joe Venuti on violin, and Eddie Lang on guitar.

17 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Hoagy Carmichael, “Georgia On My Mind”

  1. I didn’t know Hoagy Carmichael wrote Georgia On My Mind! I’m accustomed to hearing Ray Charles so a different version is interesting.

    Love,
    Janie

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  2. Great song. I like this old version. My absolute favorite rendition is by the Don Shirley Trio from their live in concert album. A soulful rendition that has a classical sound.

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  3. Hi John – that’s lovely … delightful to listen to. I wonder when Georgia adopted the song … still the video was interesting – thank you … Hilary

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    1. Georgia adopted Ray Charles’s version of “Georgia On My Mind” as the state song in 1979. He had a #1 hit in 1961 with it. Georgia Public TV used to play it at sign-off back in the days when they actually signed off.

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  4. I’ve always liked this song. My grandfather particularly liked it, so it brings back memories for me.

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