Hosted by former band leader Bob Crosby the concert included performances by many major singers and musicians including singers Kay Starr Jackie CainDave Frishberg Max Morath and musicians Billy Butterfield Bob Wilber Yank Lawson Vic Dickinson and Bob Haggart. The death of his three-year-old sister in 1918 affected him deeply and he wrote "My sister Joanne—the victim of poverty. On a visit to Chicago Carmichael was introduced by Beiderbecke to Louis Armstrong who was then playing with King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band and with whom he would collaborate later.
He is best known for composing the music for "Stardust" "Georgia on My Mind" "The Nearness of You" and "Heart and Soul" four of the most-recorded American songs of all time. "Hoagy" Carmichael (born Howard Hoagland Carmichael; November 22 1899 – December 27 1981) was an American composer pianist singer actor and bandleader.