Johnny MercerPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!
Accentuate The Positive
Music by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer , 1944
 
Come Rain or Come Shine
~ from the Stage musical "St. Louis Woman"
Music by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, 1946 
A-M Music
 
Days of Wine and Roses
~ from the 1962 film "Days of Wine and Roses"
Music by Henry Mancini and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, 1962
 
Here's To My Lady
Music by Rube Bloom 
with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, 1951
 
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
with lyrics by Johnny Mercer , 1951
 
I Walk With Music Released in the RCA UK album "The Best Of British"
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, 1940
 
I Wanna Be Around
Words and Music by Johnny Mercer
and Sadie Vimmerstedt, 1963
 
Lazy Bones ( performed by Kay Starr )
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
with lyrics by Johnny Mercer , 1951
 
Love in a Home
~ from the 1956 Stage musical "L'il Abner"
Music by Gene De Paul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer 
Commander Publications ASCAP
 
Mister Meadowlark Released in the RCA UK album "The Best Of British"
Music by Walter Donaldson
and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, 1940
 
Moon River
~ from the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Music by Henry Mancini and lyrics by Johnny Mercer 
Famous Music Corp. ASCAP
 
One for My Baby ( and One More for the Road )
~ featured in the 1955 Hollywood musical "Young at Heart"
Music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, 1943 
Harwin Music Corp. ASCAP
 
( The ) Summer Wind
Music by Henry Mayer  ( Heinz Meier )
( original Danish lyrics by Hans Bradtke ) 1965
English lyrics Johnny Mercer
 
When You're In Love
~ from the 1954 film "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
Music by Gene De Paul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer 
Robbins Music Corp. ASCAP
 
You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby
~ from the 1938 Hollywood musical "Hard to Get"
Music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Johnny Mercer
 

Johnny Mercer ( 1909 - 1976 )

A former stage actor and band vocalist, he became one of America's leading lyricists, collaborating with, among others, composers Jerome Kern, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen, and Henry Mancini. Although he could not read music, he also composed many melodies himself and wrote the entire score for the Broadway musical Top Banana. His numerous popular songs as a lyricist include such hits as "Laura," "That Old Black Magic," "Jeepers Creepers," "Goody Goody," and the English lyrics for the French tune "Autumn Leaves." He won four Oscars for songs he wrote for the screen: "On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe" from THE HARVEY GIRLS (1946), "In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening" from HERE COMES THE GROOM (1951), "Moon River" from BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961), and the title song of DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (1962). He also appeared in several films.

Born John H. Mercer in Savannah, Georgia (USA) on November 18, 1909. Credited for lyrics to more than 1000 songs. Collaborated with composers Hoagy Carmichael, Harry Warren, Henry Mancini, Richard Whiting, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh and Jimmy Van Heusen, among others. Produced many enduring popular songs, including "Lazy Bones", "I'm an Old Cowhand", "Goody, Goody", "Jeepers Creepers", "Hooray for Hollywood", "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby", "Laura", "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive", "Come Rain or Come Shine" "Autumn Leaves", "Moon River", "Charade", "Days of Wine and Roses", as well as the songs listed below. Educated in Virginia, Mercer moved to New York City in the late 1920s, where he worked as a bit actor. He was in the Garrick Gaieties in 1930, where he met dancer Ginger Meehan, whom he married. He began working as a lyricist shortly thereafter, and in 1934 he joined Paul Whiteman's Orchestra as master of ceremonies and featured vocalist. He appeared in the films Old Man Rhythm (1935) and Beat the Band (1935). He joined Benny Goodman's "Camel Caravan" radio show, Bob Crosby's summer replacement radio show, collaborated on the Broadway stage with Harold Arlen on St. Louis Woman (1946) and Saratoga (1959), Li'l Abner (1956), Texas, Li'l Darlin' (1949) and Foxy (1964). In 1942, Mercer founded Capitol Records with two partners, serving as talent scout and company president, and he was the first president of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. He won Academy Awards for "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening", "Moon River" and "Days of Wine and Roses". Mr. Mercer died in Bel Air, California on June 25, 1976.

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