Paul Whiteman Orchestra

Washboard Blues

Composed by Fred B. Callahan / Hoagy Carmichael / Irving Mills

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One of Hoagy Carmichael's earliest songs, "Washboard Blues" was first recorded by the legendary Paul Whiteman and his band in 1927, a recording that featured Carmichael on piano and lead vocal. It was one of Carmichael's first shots at fame, and indeed broadened his reputation. This recording, by Carmichael himself, was done over a decade later, and features a slightly more simple arrangement. In a way, it was a blueprint for many of his classic compositions, combining his love of pop and jazz, and with a lyric that humorously comments on an everyday task with an individualistic style that really can't be duplicated. Available on Collectors Choice Music's excellent Carmichael anthology, Ole Buttermilk Sky.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Stardust, and Much More 1989 Bluebird RCA 4:14
Classic Hoagy Carmichael 1994 Smithsonian Records 4:19
16 Classic Performances 1997 Crown 4:28
Stardust: 1927-1960 1999 Giants Of Jazz Recordings 4:15
Bix Restored, Vol. 2 1999 Origin Records 4:23