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Lawyer Once-Were: Hoagy Carmichael

Hoagy Carmichael was one of America’s great songwriters of the 20th century. He penned “Stardust,” “Georgia on My Mind” and “Heart and Soul,” just to name a few.

But Carmichael (right) also was a guy who earned a law degree from the Indiana University law school in 1926. He got a job with a law firm in Miami, but failed the Florida bar exam. He moved back to the Hoosier State and took a job with a firm there. He took and passed the Indiana bar, but he spent a lot of time on music.

So much time that he got fired, giving him a chance to be a full-time songwriter. His career took off in the early 1930s after Louis Armstrong and others started recording his songs. Bing Crosby gets credit for the first recording of “Stardust” in 1931.

Thanks to Dawn Chase of the Virginia State Bar for the tip.

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