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Johnny Mercer

Johnny Mercer

Born: 1909 Died: 1976

John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer was an American lyricist, songwriter and singer. He was also the founder of Capitol Records.

He is best known as a lyricist, but he also composed music. He was also a popular singer who recorded his own songs as well as those written by others. From the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most popular hits of the time. He wrote the lyrics to more than fifteen hundred songs, including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. He received nineteen Academy Award nominations, and won four Best Original Song Oscars.

Writing songs for movies offered two distinct advantages. The use of sensitive microphones for recording and of the lip-synching of pre-recorded songs liberated songwriters from dependence on the long vowel endings and long sustained notes required for live performance. Performers such as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers could now sing more conversationally and more nonchalantly. Mercer, as a singer, was attuned to this shift and his style fitted the need perfectly.

Mercer's first Hollywood assignment was not the Astaire-Rogers vehicle of which he had dreamed but a B-movie college musical, Old Man Rhythm, to which he contributed two undistinguished songs and even worse acting. His next project, To Beat the Band, was another flop, but it did lead to a meeting and a collaboration with Fred Astaire on the moderately successful Astaire song "I'm Building Up to an Awful Let-Down".

Though all but overwhelmed by the glitter of Hollywood, Mercer found his beloved jazz and nightlife lacking. As he wrote, "Hollywood was never much of a night town. Everybody had to get up too early... the movie people were in bed with the chickens (or each other)." Mercer was now in Bing Crosby's hard-drinking circle and enjoyed Crosby's company and hipster talk.

Mercer was invited to the Camel Caravan radio show in New York to sing his hits and create satirical songs with the Benny Goodman orchestra, then becoming the emcee of the nationally broadcast show for several months. Two more hits followed shortly, "Day In, Day Out" and "Fools Rush In", and Mercer in short order had five of the top ten songs on the popular radio show Your Hit Parade.(26) Mercer also started a short-lived publishing company during his stay in New York. On a lucky streak, Mercer undertook a musical with Hoagy Carmichael, but Walk with Music (originally called Three After Three) was a bomb, with story quality not matching that of the score. Another disappointment for Mercer was the selection of Johnny Burke as the long-term songwriter for the Hope-Crosby "Road" pictures. Mercer was thirty and his life and career were riding high.

Shortly thereafter, Mercer met an ideal musical collaborator in the form of Harold Arlen whose jazz and blues-influenced compositions provided Mercer's sophisticated, idiomatic lyrics a perfect musical vehicle. Now Mercer's lyrics began to display the combination of sophisticated wit and southern regional vernacular that characterize some of his best songs. Their first hit was "Blues in the Night" (1941), which Arthur Schwartz claimed was "probably the greatest blues song ever written."

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Professional Tracks for Serious Singers : Sing the Songs of Johnny Mercer, Volume 1 (for Male Vocalists) : Solo : Songbook & CD : Johnny Mercer : 888680033637 : 194156612X : 00138902

Professional Tracks for Serious Singers : Sing the Songs of Johnny Mercer, Volume 1 (for Male Vocalists)

Review: Nine Mercer compositions for male singers are presented in this package which is designed to provide the at-home singer with an actual professional setting. The CD features orchestral interludes and instrumental solos typical of a live club performance, retaining the natural performance flow of an actual performance with an accompanying rhythm section or orchestra. Includes the songs: Come Rain or Come Shine - Charade - The Days of Wine and Roses - Dream - I'm Old Fashioned - I Wanna Be Around - Jeepers Creepers - Moon River - One for My Baby.

Songlist: Come Rain or Come Shine, Charade, Days of Wine and Roses, Dream, I'm Old Fashioned, I Wanna Be Around, Jeepers Creepers, Moon River, One for My Baby

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Professional Tracks for Serious Singers : Sing the Songs of Johnny Mercer, Volume 2 (for Female Vocalists) : Solo : Songbook & CD : Johnny Mercer : 888680049102 : 1941566138 : 00142485

Professional Tracks for Serious Singers : Sing the Songs of Johnny Mercer, Volume 2 (for Female Vocalists)

Review: Eight classic Mercer tunes are presented in this package which is designed to provide the at-home singer with an actual professional setting. The CD features orchestral interludes and instrumental solos typical of a live club performance, retaining the natural performance flow of an actual performance with an accompanying rhythm section or orchestra. Includes the songs: Autumn Leaves - Fools Rush In - I Remember You - My Shining Hour - Skylark - Tangerine - Too Marvelous for Words - Mr. Meadowlark.

Songlist: Autumn Leaves, Fools Rush In, I Remember You, My Shining Hour, Skylark, Tangerine, Too Marvelous for Words, Mr. Meadowlark

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Johnny Mercer : Li'l Abner : Solo : 01 Songbook : Johnny Mercer : 884088682620 : 0769259855 : 00321752

Johnny Mercer : Li'l Abner

Review: The famous cartoon character is brought to life in excerpts from the musical.

Songlist: Love In A Home, (I Wish It Could Be) Otherwise, If I Had My Druthers, Jubilation T. Cornpone, Namely You

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Johnny Mercer : The Johnny Mercer Centennial Sheet Music Collection : Solo : 01 Songbook : Johnny Mercer : 884088688738 : 0739074776 : 00322363

Johnny Mercer : The Johnny Mercer Centennial Sheet Music Collection

Review: Johnny Mercer (1909-1976) was not only one of America's greatest lyricists - he helped define the American South from the outside in. His words paint rich and vivid portraits of life in his native Georgia. Mercer wrote a wide variety of songs, from lush, dreamy ballads to plays on colloquial American expressions. He joined forces with some of the most talented composers of his day, including Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, and Henry Mancini, to fashion one of the most startlingly original catalogs in American popular music. This songbook commemorates the centennial of his birth with piano/vocal sheet music arrangements (including guitar chord frames) for 46 of his most famous and best-loved classics.

Songlist: DREAM, EMILY, LAURA, SKYLARK, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, CHARADE (FROM 'CHARADE'), COME RAIN OR COME SHINE, DAY IN DAY OUT, Days of Wine and Roses, I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU, I WANNA BE AROUND, SATIN DOLL (VOCAL VERSION), SUMMER WIND, TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS, YOU MUST HAVE BEEN A BEAUTIFUL BABY, I'M AN OLD COWHAND (FROM THE RIO GRANDE), FOOLS RUSH IN (WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD), GOODY-GOODY, AC-CENT-TCHU-ATE THE POSITIVE, AND THE ANGELS SING, ANY PLACE I HANG MY HAT IS MY HOME, AUTUMN LEAVES A/K/A LES FEUILLES MORTES, DRINKING AGAIN, G.I. JIVE, GLOW WORM, THE, HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD, I'M OLD FASHIONED (Lyric Version), IN THE COOL COOL COOL OF THE EVENING, JEEPERS CREEPERS, LAZYBONES (a/k/a LAZY BONES), MOON RIVER (from 'BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S') (VOCAL), MY SHINING HOUR, NAMELY YOU (from 'Li'l Abner'), ONE FOR MY BABY (AND ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD), SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE (from 'Daddy Long Legs'), STRIP POLKA, THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC, WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG, YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER, BLESS YORE BEAUTIFUL HIDE (from 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'), ON THE ATCHISON, TOPEKA AND THE SANTA FE, IF I HAD MY DRUTHERS (from 'Li'l Abner'), LEGALIZE MY NAME, SATAN'S LI'L LAMB, SWEETHEART TREE, THE (from 'THE GREAT RACE'), TWO OF A KIND

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Johnny Mercer : Too Marvelous for Words - The Magic of Johnny Mercer : Solo : 01 Songbook : Johnny Mercer : 884088682590 : 0897249526 : 00321749

Johnny Mercer : Too Marvelous for Words - The Magic of Johnny Mercer

Review: Classic ballads and beautiful love songs including: Autumn Leaves - Blues in the Night - Come Rain or Come Shine - Charade - Goody Goody - I Remember You - Moon River - That Old Black Magic - Too Marvelous for Words (lead song) - and more. Sixty songs in all!

Songlist: DREAM, EMILY, LAURA, SKYLARK, DEARLY BELOVED, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, CHARADE (FROM 'CHARADE'), COME RAIN OR COME SHINE, DAY IN DAY OUT, Days of Wine and Roses, HOW LITTLE WE KNOW, I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU, I WANNA BE AROUND, SATIN DOLL (VOCAL VERSION), SUMMER WIND, TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS, YOU MUST HAVE BEEN A BEAUTIFUL BABY, EARLY AUTUMN, I'M AN OLD COWHAND (FROM THE RIO GRANDE), FOOLS RUSH IN (WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD), BOB WHITE (WHATCHA GONNA SWING TONIGHT?), TRAV'LIN' LIGHT, GOODY-GOODY, AC-CENT-TCHU-ATE THE POSITIVE, AND THE ANGELS SING, ANY PLACE I HANG MY HAT IS MY HOME, ARTHUR MURRAY TAUGHT ME DANCING IN A HURRY (PRINT), AUTUMN LEAVES A/K/A LES FEUILLES MORTES, DRINKING AGAIN, G.I. JIVE, GLOW WORM, THE, HERE'S TO MY LADY, HIT THE ROAD TO DREAMLAND, HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD, I REMEMBER YOU, I'M OLD FASHIONED (Lyric Version), IN THE COOL COOL COOL OF THE EVENING, JAMBOREE JONES, JEEPERS CREEPERS, LAZYBONES (a/k/a LAZY BONES), MANDY IS TWO, MIDNIGHT SUN (VOCAL), MOON RIVER (from 'BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S') (VOCAL), MY SHINING HOUR, NAMELY YOU (from 'Li'l Abner'), ON BEHALF OF THE VISITING FIREMEN, ONE FOR MY BABY (AND ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD), OUT OF THIS WORLD (PRINT ONLY), P.S. I LOVE YOU, PARDON MY SOUTHERN ACCENT, SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE (from 'Daddy Long Legs'), STRIP POLKA, TANGERINE, THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC, THE DIXIELAND BAND, THIS TIME THE DREAM'S ON ME, WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG, YOU GROW SWEETER AS THE YEARS GO BY, YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER

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