“Stardust” was composed in 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael. Lyrics were added in 1929 by Mitchell Parish.
“Stardust” quickly became an American standard an is considered one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, with over 1,500 recordings.
Popularity for the song increased in 1930 when band leader, Isham Jones, recorded the song as a slow “sentimental ballad”. Originally, Carmichael recorded “Stardust” as a mid-tempo, jazz instrumental number. Carmicheal’s early vision of the song as an instrumental piece may account for the difficult intervals “Stardust” presents to vocalists.
Covers include Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Barry Manilow and Harry Connick Jr. Ringo Star evan recorded it on his debut album. Willie Nelson created a resurgence for hte song in 1978 with his version.
NPR called “Stardust” one of the 100 most important songs of the 20th century.
Carmichael’s 1927 recording was chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry in 2004.
Carmicheal’s instrumental version can be heard at:
This video show Carmicheal playing “Stardust” on piano.
Willie Nelson’s version can be viewed at:
Lauren Morrow, MT-BC