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Lazy River Cafe & Catering located at 
166 Sala Avenue
Westwego, LA

Phone (504)218-7453
Up a lazy river
By the old mill run
Lazy river
In the noonday sun.

Linger awhile
In the shade of a tree
Throw away your troubles
Dream with me.

Up a lazy river
Where the robin's song
Wakes the mornin' we roll along
May be blue skies above
Everyone's in love
Up a lazy river
How happy we'll be
Up a lazy river with me.

Up a lazy river
By the old mill run
That lazy, lazy river
In the noonday sun.

You can linger for awhile
In the shade of a tree
Throw away your troubles, baby
Dream a dream of me.

Up a lazy river
Where the robin's song
Wakes a bright new mornin'
Where we can roll along.

There may be blue skies up above
But, as long as we're in love
Yeah ... we'll be up a lazy river
How happy we could be
Up a lazy river with me.

From the halfway mark!

Yeah ... up a lazy river
Where that robin's song
Awakes a bright new mornin'
We can roll along.

A-a-a ... there are blue skies up above
And as long as we're in love
We'll be up a lazy river
Up a crazy, lazy river.

Up a lazy river ...
I ain't goin' your way ...
Get outta my way ...
Up a lazy river with me.
Sidney Arodin   - Lyrics

3/29/1901 - 2/6/1948

It is not clear when Sidney dropped the first "n" in his surname but he was born Sidney Arnondin in Westwego, a little town across the river from New Orleans, on March 29, 1901. Sidney grew up with a non-musical background but at the age of 15, he obtained a clarinet, took lessons for a couple of months, and therefter music was his career. His first gig was on a Saturday night in Westwego at a dance hall. The clarinet player in the band from New Orleans was sick, so Sidney ran barefoot four bocks to and from his house on Sala Avenue, in the mud and oyster shells, to get his clarinet. The band was so impressed with his playing, he was asked to play next week in New Orleans. Thus began Sidney's career. After his 16th birthday, Sidney became one of the nomads of Jazz. It was at that time when the "Storyville" district of New Orleans closed, and he joined the Jazz migration up the Mississippi River to the North and then rarely played in New Orleans. Sidney was one of the few white musicians that played with both white and black bands.

His 1930 song "LAZY RIVER" co-composed with Hoagy Carmichael, is without a doubt the most famous of all the "river" songs Sidney wrote. It became the staple song of Louis Armstrong's repertoire.

From 1922 till 1925, Sidney played with the "Original New Orleans Jazz Band" in New York City. In 1926, he worked in San Antonio, Texas, with the "New Orleans Rhythm Masters." Then Sidney returned home to New Orleans in 1928; where he played with Abbie Brunes' "Halfway House Orchestra" and with Johnny Miller's "New Orleans Frolickers."

During 1929 and 1930, Sidney played and toured with the "Sunny Clap Orchestra" and the "New Orleans Swing Kings." On November 15, 1929, Sidney recorded with the "Jones and Collins Astoria Hot Eight," such songs as "Duet Stomp 11," "Astoria Stomp," "Damp Weather," and "Tip Easy Blues," (recorded on Victor Bluebird label) as the only white man in an all black band.

After working in Kansas City until 1933, Sidney went to New York City in 1934 to work with the "Louis Prima Band" and the "New Orleans Rhythm Kings." It was the height of the depression, work was scarce, so Sidney returned home. During 1939 and 1940, he led his own band. After 1941, due to increasing illness, he played less and less until his death in 1948. Sidney was highly respected by his musical colleagues.
Hoagy Carmichael - Composer

Born Hoagland Howard Carmichael in Bloomington, Indiana, he grew up in very modest circumstances. His father earned an on-again, off-again living as an electrician. His mother played piano for dances at local fraternity parties and at "silent" movies. Hoagy would tag along. Like a sponge, he absorbed music from his mother, from the visiting circuses, and from the black families and churches in his neighborhood. Ragtime was in the air, and his mother mastered the Maple Leaf Rag and other popular tunes of the day.

In 1916, his family moved to Indianapolis. There, Hoagland came under the influence of an African-American pianist named Reginald DuValle, who gave him a great piece of advice: "Never play anything that ain't right," he admonished the young pianist. "You may not make a lot of money, but you'll never get hostile with yourself." DuValle gave Carmichael pointers about playing hot ragtime and the emerging style of jazz. Carmichael sought out cheap pianos in restaurants, night spots, and brothels where he was allowed to sit in.

Carmichael closed the chapter on the first of three periods in his life when he left Indiana in 1929 and moved to New York City-where you had to go to make it in the music business. By day he worked for a brokerage house, while by night he wrote songs and made musical contacts--among them his idols Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong, as well as the Dorsey brothers, clarinetist Benny Goodman, trombonist Jack Teagarden, and a hopeful lyricist out of Savannah, Georgia, named Johnny Mercer-ten years Carmichael's junior. They began writing songs together, such as Lazy Bones which became a huge hit in 1933, even at the depth of the Depression.


Carmichael was now writing folksy songs that would become jazz standards-notably Rockin' Chair (copyrighted in 1930) and Lazy River (1931). During the five years from 1929 to 1934, Carmichael made 36 recordings for the Victor company-the nation's leading record label. In 1931, the death of his close friend Beiderbecke closed a chapter in his life and seemed to lessen his fire for jazz. By the mid-1930s, he was enjoying considerable financial success as a songwriter, and the mainstream beckoned him.

He made several life changes in 1936. He married a Ruth Meinardi of Winona Lake, Indiana. The couple would have two sons-Hoagy Bix and Randy-though the marriage would break up in 1955. And in 1936 Carmichael left New York City for good, thus closing the second big chapter in his life.

He moved to Hollywood, where, as he put it, "the rainbow hits the ground for composers." Thus began the third and final phase of his musical career. Working for Paramount Pictures, he teamed with lyricist Frank Loesser on such songs as Two Sleepy People, Small Fry, and Heart and Soul. In 1939, Carmichael and Mercer collaborated on a Broadway musical, Walk with Music, but it closed quickly; this would be Carmichael's only foray into musical theater. Otherwise, he composed "independent songs"-songs meant to stand alone of any production-as well as songs for the movies.

In the 1940s, Carmichael's career took off in multiple ways-as a songwriter, as a singer (recording for three labels), as a movie actor, and as a radio star (he had his own series on three networks), and as an author (his first book of memoirs, The Stardust Road, was published in 1946). More than any other decade, the '40s marked the peak of his career and popularity.

Carmichael became something of a fixture on television of the 1950s, even playing a straight dramatic role on the TV Western, Laramie, in 1959-60.  He maintained an interest in children and in 1971 published Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop, a collection of songs he composed for children.

After suffering a heart attack, Carmichael died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, on December 27, 1981. His body was returned to his native Bloomington for burial.
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