Daniels adds Hoagy Carmichael portrait to gallery
Associated Press July 27, 2012 4:14PM
Updated: July 27, 2012 11:25PM
INDIANAPOLIS — A portrait of composer Howard Hoagland “Hoagy” Carmichael is the newest addition to a gallery in the governor’s office.
The portrait now hangs in the Hoosier Heritage Gallery on the south wall of Gov. Mitch Daniel’s office at the Statehouse.
Carmichael was born in Bloomington in 1899 and taught himself at an early age to play piano. After a brief stint as a musician during which he met ragtime greats such as Louis Armstrong, Carmichael earned a law degree at Indiana University and practiced law in Florida.
After hearing one of his songs on the radio, Carmichael returned to Bloomington and became a full-time composer, writing standards that include “Stardust,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “Old Buttermilk Sky.” He died in 1981.