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"Written for Georgia Carmichael ?"


This recording was made in New York City on September 15th 1930 featuring Hoagy Carmichael vocals, Bix Beiderbecke cornet, Ray Lodwig trumpet, Jack Teagarden trombone, Jimmy Dorsey clarinet & alto sax, Bud Freeman tenor sax, Irving Brodsky piano, Joe Venuti violin, Eddie Lang guitar, Min Leibrook baritone sax, and Chauncey Morehouse drums.

*"Georgia On My Mind" was composed by Hoagy Carmichael in 1930, with lyrics by Stuart Gorrell
supposedly written for Hoagy's sister Georgia Carmichael.

This September 1930 recording session marked the soon to be hit song's debut on record. It was also the final session attended by Bix Beiderbecke during his all too brief life and career. Featured here playing muted cornet Bix's body would be discovered in his Queens apartment less than a year later.

In his second autobiography "Sometimes I Wonder", Hoagy Carmichael recalls that he composed the song at the suggestion of his friend, bandleader Frankie Trumbauer who thought that it would be a good idea to write a song about the state of Georgia. According to Carmichael it was also Trumbauer who came up with the opening repeated vocal phrase "Georgia, Georgia" but makes no mention of his sister at all in his version of events.

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