I'm not really sure what to make of Hoagy, or Hoagland, as he was christened .......
It seems he was basically a well-rounded, affable kind of a guy who loved his golf and his
family and, incidentally, wrote a large number of well-crafted popular songs - a kind
of songwriting Bing Crosby.
I can't honestly say he does a lot for me..... the hairs on
the back of my neck stay well and truly prone. But that's just a matter of taste.
Many of his songs, for example Stardust (1927); Georgia On My Mind (1930); Up The Lazy River (1931);
Heart And Soul (1938) and Skylark (1941) have a uniqueness which has allowed them to
remain as popular standards, confirming Hoagy as a songwriter of great dexterity certainly, but perhaps not