STARDUST

Latest update on 28/09/2018

Artist: Hoagy Carmichael & His Collegians
Author: Hoagy Carmichael
Label: Gennett
Year: 1927

First as an instrumental stomp, with the band of Emil Seidel. Hoagy then also cut a test pressing with (own) lyrics. Real lyrics were added in 1929 by Mitchell Parish. Song really took off the moment Carmichael transferred his publishing from Irving Mills to Ralph Peer who was better placed to judge Hoagy's roots-meets-pop songs. Turned out to become the quintessential American standard, with no connection to neither Broadway nor Tin Pan Alley. Spelled in one word on the original Gennett label. On later versions mostly spelled as Star Dust.

Covers:

1928:

Don Redman [leading McKinney's Cotton Pickers feat. Lonnie Johnson for Okeh]

1928:

Fats Waller

1930:

Isham Jones [the first slower one, underlining ballad quality; with Victor Young on violin]

1931:

Louis Armstrong [his version taught the world to swing; what's more: his Potato Head Blues inspired the melody]

1931:

Bing Crosby [first vocal version for Brunswick]

1935:

Jimmie Lunceford

1936:

Benny Goodman [arranged by Fletcher Henderson; the Tommy Dorsey- and Benny Goodman version were released as A- and B-side to the same 78 rpm-record]

1936:

Tommy Dorsey [vocal: Edythe Wright]

1940:

Glenn Miller

1941:

Artie Shaw [double millionseller]

1943:

Frank Sinatra

1952:

Ames Brothers

1954:

Lionel Hampton

1957:

Nat King Cole

1957:

Billy Ward & The Dominoes

1961:

Tommy Edwards

1963:

Sam 'The Man' Taylor

1964:

Nino Tempo & April Stevens

1965:

Connie Francis

1967:

Shadows

1970:

Ringo Starr

1970:

Three Degrees

1975:

Johnny Mathis

1978:

Willie Nelson

1984:

Wynton Marsalis

1989:

Don McLean

1990:

Marlon Jordan

1992:

Harry Connick Jr.

1995:

Peter Skellern

1996:

Tiny Tim & Brave Combo

2000:

Hot Club Of Cowtown

2005:

Bills

2006:

Jim Byrnes

2009:

Michael Bublé

2009:

Will Tura [as Weerklank]

2017:

Bob Dylan

2018:

Swamp Dogg

One of the most covered songs in history; more than 1.500 versions. The title was brought in by Stuart Gorrell, Hoagy's crony who later got credits for the lyrics of Georgia On My Mind (see there), maybe to compensate.

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