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"Star Dust"

Supply Object Title
Hoagy Carmichael, music
Mitchell Parish, words
"Star Dust"

Holograph full score, 1930
Music Division

Gift of the composer (161.4)

American pianist, composer, and actor Hoagland Howard "Hoagy" Carmichael (1899-1981) was unusual among songwriters in that he contributed songs to both the popular and jazz repertoires. "Star Dust," written in 1929, was the first of more than thirty five of Carmichael's songs to become hits and is, in fact, one of the most popular songs of the twentieth century. During the seventy years since its composition, "Star Dust" has been recorded more than 1,100 times.

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