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Carmichael’s Kiddie Tunes Reissued

And you thought you knew Hoagy Carmichael.

In 1970 Hoagy Bix Carmichael, the son of American Songbook king Carmichael Sr., was working as a producer at WGBH, Boston’s public television station. That was right around the time that public TV programs like Sesame Street and, more psychedelically, The Electric Company began making children’s education a heck of a lot more fun. Remembering that his father had cut a children’s record in 1958, Hoagy Carmichael’s Having a Party, Hoagy Bix conceived a television program that would re-introduce the songs to the children of the 70s. And he hired the trippy jazz-rock outfit Stark Reality, which featured guitarist John Abercrombie, to record them.

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