Hoagy Carmichael

Lazy River

Composed by Hoagy Carmichael / Sidney Arodin

Song Review by

Easily one of the true pop classics of all time, "Lazy River" has been recorded by literally dozens of artists, including Louie Armstrong Bing Crosby and the Ink Spots. Next to "Stardust" and "Georgia on My Mind," this song is the prime example of Hoagy Carmichael's well-deserved status as one of the greatest composers in American music history. This recording, one of Carmichael's last for Decca Records, frames the melody with a funky tack piano, which defines the Southern feel of the song, and authentically creates a riverboat ambience that is absolutely undeniable. The laid-back lyrics convey the feeling of carefree satisfaction and love as accurately as perhaps any song from the 20th century. Available on Collectors Choice Music's excellent Carmichael anthology, Ole Buttermilk Sky, it is also one of Carmichael's cleanest and most clear recordings. In fact, it is quite fortunate for that he was still recording in the mid-'50s during the advent of so many technological advances in the recording studios.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Classic Hoagy Carmichael [Disc 2] 1988 Smithsonian Records 2:43
Stardust, and Much More 1989 Bluebird RCA 3:15
Hoagy Carmichael 1951 1991 Flyright (UK) 2:45
No Image 1993 Timeless 3:16
Classic Hoagy Carmichael 1994 Smithsonian Records 2:40
No Image 1996 Demand Performance 3:17
Vol. 18: 1927-1942 1997 L'Art Vocal / CEDAR 3:18
Lazy Days of Jazz 1998
Various Artists
RCA Victor / RCA 3:12
1927-1944 1998 Timeless 3:19
Ole Buttermilk Sky 1998 Collectors' Choice Music 2:29
Stardust: 1927-1960 1999 Giants Of Jazz Recordings 3:14
Sometimes I Wonder 1999 ASV/Living Era 2:59
The Old Music Master 2000 Memoir Classics / Memoir 3:17
Huggin and Chalkin 2000 Music Products 3:18
Stardust [BMG] 2000 BMG
Stardust Melody 2002 Bluebird RCA 3:17
The First of the Singer Songwriters: Key Cuts 1924-1946 2004 JSP 3:04
Hoagy Carmichael Songbook: Stardust 2005
Various Artists
Definitive 2:21
Crooners Collection [Diamond] 2006
Various Artists
Diamond Collection 3:17
In Person 1925-1955 2006 Avid 2:44
Stardust Melody: 21 Essential Classics 2009 Bluebird RCA / Sony Music Distribution / Bluebird 3:17
The Late Night Album 2009
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:42
Jazz Originals, Vol. 1 2013
Various Artists
Play 24-7 2:48
Hoagy Carmichael Sings Hoagy Carmichael Hallmark / Hallmark Music & Entertainment / MCA 2:21
The  Impeccable Hoagy Carmichael Broken Audio 2:19
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