Even when I was very young, I always loved this song. Written and performed by Hoagy Carmichael, as long ago as 1927, his relaxed vocals (and great lyrics from Mitchell Parish) drew me in to the world of this accomplished crooner. I listened to this, and many of his other famous songs, from the time that I knew how to operate a record player. He was a talented pianist and composer, who worked with many of the great names during the 1920s and 1930s, including Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Paul Whiteman, and Benny Goodman.
His list of compositions might surprise you, as they include many songs made famous by other artists, that became standards. These include ‘Georgia’, ‘Rockin’ Chair’, ‘Up A Lazy River’, and ‘Memphis In June’, among others. He also acted in films and on television, with roles in many famous productions, notably ‘To Have And Have Not’ (1944), and The Best Years Of Our Lives’ (1946). He died in California in 1981, leaving behind the legacy of so many marvellous songs. This version was recorded in 1942.