Wednesdays with Hoagy

When I haven’t been watching my daughter onstage, I’ve been listening quite a bit to Hoagy Carmichael recently, a great American singer/songwriter who has fallen into some obscurity over the past few years. He may be most famous for his appearance as Cricket in Howard Hawks’ 1944 To Have and Have Not; below, he sings “Hong Kong Blues” in an excerpt from the film. (I can highly recommend Richard M. Sudhalter’s fine 2002 biography of the musician, Stardust Melody.)