Baltimore Oriole


Baltimore Oriole (m. Hoagy Carmichael, w. Paul Francis Webster) — copyright date: 13 March 1942

lyric: Lyric Wiki, International Lyrics Playground

Hoagy Carmichael — Carmichael recorded the song for the soundtrack of the 1944 film To Have and Have Not. The short-lived record label American Recording Artists, later ARA, issued a recording of “Baltimore Oriole” by Hoagy Carmichael and his Orchestra (ARA 142A), b/w “Sweet Lorraine,” c. 1945. Carmichael also made a special 1944 recording for the V-Disc project, which was issued as the B-side of V-Disc 383.

Hoagy Carmichael and his Orchestra(?) — probably ARA 142A, b/w “Sweet Lorraine,” issued c. 1945

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In 1956, Carmichael recorded the song again with a group of jazz musicians arranged and conducted by Johnny Mandel. Eleven recordings from the sessions at the Forum Theatre on 10, 11, and 13 September 1956 were released on the 1957 Pacific Jazz Records LP “Hoagy Sings Carmichael with the Pacific Jazzmen,” PJ 1223. AllMusic’s review of the album indicates the support of an “11-piece all-star jazz group,” though lists only six musicians for the album. I haven’t found an audio file of this recording yet.

1958 Ole Buttermilk Sky, Hoagy Carmichael, LP Kapp KL 1086 (1)

Hoagy Carmichael — from the 1958 LP Ole Buttermilk Sky, Kapp KL 1086


The Four Freshmen, featuring vocal solo by Don Barbour — issued in March 1953 on the single Columbia F2398, b/w “Poinciana”


Barbara Lea 1956, by Bob ParentBarbara Lea with the Johnny Windhurst Quartet — recorded on 18 October 1956 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack — Barbara Lea (ldr), Dick Cary (ah), Johnny Windhurst (t), Al Hall (b), Dick Hyman* (p), Osie Johnson (d), Barbara Lea (v)

Barbara Lea biography:



Bob Dorough — from his debut album Devil May Care, Bethlehem Records BCP-11, released in October 1956

Dorough had evidently been misinformed about the location of the Tangipahoa River, which he places “near Baltimore.” According to Wikipedia, the Tangipahoa originates in southwest Mississippi, and runs for 122 miles, extending into southeast Louisiana.

Bob Dorough biography:


Carmen McRae — recorded on 8 August 1958 and released on the 1958 LP Birds of a Feather, Decca DL 8815

Carmen McRae inscribed_1personnel:
Carmen McRae (vocal), Irving ‘Marky’ Markowitz (trumpet), Al Cohn (tenor sax), Ben Webster (tenor sax), Don Abney (piano), Barry Galbraith (guitar), Aaron Bell (bass), Don Lamond (drums); arranged by Ralph Burns

See the review of the recording at, by Thomas Cunniffe

The duration of the audio file in the first video below agrees with the track length given by and Amazon, while that in the second video is about 19 seconds shorter. However, the second doesn’t appear to be cut. Instead, comparison of the two indicates that the speed has been increased in the audio file used in the second video by about 8.3%.

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(below) with speed evidently increased, reducing the length of the recording by about 19 seconds (8.3%)


Sheila Jordan — from her debut album Portrait of Sheila, Blue Note ‎– BLP 9002, released in 1962; the album was recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ on 19 September and 12 October 1962


1964 High Flying Bird, Judy Henske

Judy Henske — from the 1964 Elektra LP High Flying Bird, EKL-241 (mono), EKS 7241 (stereo)

Judy Henske – vocal
Jack Marshall – guitar


1964 Moody's Mood (LP)-Pat Thomas MGM (US) E 4206, SE 4206-f25

Pat Thomas — from the 1964 LP Moody’s Mood, MGM Records (US) E 4206 (Mono), SE 4206 (Stereo), MGM Records (UK) MGM-C-971

ThomShelford, the provider of the video, attaches the following information:

Pat Thomas is a relatively obscure singer who made three albums, to my knowledge (there may be later ones) in the early sixties. This track is from “Moody’s Mood” which was recorded in August 1962. Her first album for MGM was the acclaimed ‘Desafinado’ which followed her debut ‘Jazz Patterns’ on the Strand label in 1961. On this particular track, written by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster, her diction leaves a little to be desired, nevertheless it’s a lovely song with a nice arrangement by Claus Ogerman…


Judy Roderick, 1963 (1)Judy Roderick 1

Judy Roderick — from her 1964 debut album Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Columbia — CL 2153 (mono), CS 8953 (stereo)

Judy Roderick – vocal, guitar
John Hammond, Jr. – harmonica
Bobby Scott – piano
unknown – drums


Solitaire Miles — from the 2010 album Born to Be Blue


Laura Collins — from the 2010 album Introducing Laura Collins (Spolite)

Laura Collins – vocal
Dick Pearce – trumpet and flugelhorn
Sam Dunn – guitar
Barry Green – piano
Jeremy Brown – bass
Matt Skelton – drums


Kathy Blackburn — Jazzschool Institute Vocal Concert at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, CA on 5 December 2011

Kathy Blackburn link: Four & More


Jim Rorie — from his 2012 CD Up in the U.P.

The artist says,

I’ve always loved Hoagy Carmichael’s music. I had a copy of this by Bud Dashiell on vinyl and I’ve always loved the song. No copyright infringement intended. Here’s my version.


Frank Garland —  at Hobgoblin Music in Leeds, accompanying himself with an Ashbury baritone ukulele borrowed from the wall; published at YouTube on 8 February 2013



* Dick Hyman played under the pseudonym “Richard Lowman” for the session. The “ah” abbreviation for Dick Cary’s instrument stands for “alto horn.”

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