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Johnny Mercer

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Johnny Mercer's main claim to immortality is his incredible songwriting output, penning the lyrics or music and lyrics to roughly 1,500 songs. Marked by a sophisticated, occasionally whimsical mastery of language and rhymes, many of Mercer's songs have become standards regularly covered by jazz artists. Yet he was also a successful singer, with a relaxed, Southern-accented, jazzy, rhythmically agile delivery that resulted in several major hits in the 1940s. At first, he was torn between acting and songwriting, but having failed to land a part in Garrick Gaities in 1930, he ended up writing his first hit, "Out of Breath, Scared to Death of You," for the show. His first charted songwriting hit was Ted Lewis' 1933 recording of "Lazybones." By 1938, he was recording duets with Bing Crosby for Decca and the following year, he was on Benny Goodman's Camel Cavalcade radio program as a featured singer. In 1942, he, Glenn Wallichs, and Buddy DeSylva founded Capitol Records, which would eventually become an industry behemoth, and Mercer reeled off a string of hits for his label, including "Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe," "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," "Candy," and "Personality." "Atchison" is an especially good example of his flip, catchy, vocal style. While running Capitol, Mercer the talent scout attracted the likes of Nat King Cole, Stan Kenton, Jo Stafford, Peggy Lee, and Margaret Whiting to the label, where they had their greatest successes. Among Mercer's most durable lyrics -- a highly abbreviated list -- are those for "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)," "Blues in the Night," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "My Shining Hour," and "Early Autumn," and his many collaborators have included Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, Gordon Jenkins, and Harry Warren. He also contributed to the scores of seven Broadway musicals and films. Following an album with Bobby Darin and collaborations with Henry Mancini in the early '60s, Mercer's career slowed down under the onslaught of rock & roll, but time has since reconfirmed his status as an American popular music giant. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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Albums by
Johnny Mercer

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    12 songs

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    Swinging Accordeon

    17 songs

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    18 Singles 1942-1946

    17 songs

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    Primeras Grabaciones 1942-1946

    15 songs

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    Sweet Lorraine

    19 songs

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    Skylark

    21 songs

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    An Evening with Johnny Mercer

    8 songs

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    I Got Rhythm

    66 songs

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    The Very Best Of

    8 songs

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    Johnny Mercer Sings

    8 songs

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    Sings Johnny Mercer (Digitally Remastered)

    13 songs

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    Johnny Mercer: Centennial Celebration

    19 songs

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    The Jubilee Shows, Vol. 10: Nos. 56 & 61

    35 songs

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    Dream: The Lyrics and Music of Johnny Mercer

    29 songs

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    Sings Just for Fun

    79 songs

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    Mosaic Select: Johnny Mercer

    28 songs

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    Dream Team

    28 songs

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    Moon River

    25 songs

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    My Huckleberry Friend

    20 songs

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    The Capitol Collectors Series

    28 songs

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    Moon River: Johnny Mercer Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook

    18 songs

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    In The Beginning...

    11 songs

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    100% Johnny Mercer, Vol. 1

    11 songs

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    100% Johnny Mercer, Vol. 2

    50 songs

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    50 Classic Hits

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Top Songs by
Johnny Mercer

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  2.   On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
  3.   My Cutey's Due at Two-to-Two Today
  4.   G.I. Jive
  5.   Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
  6.   Love Is Just Around the Corner featuring Paul Smith Trio
  7.   Who Takes Care of the Caretakers Daughter
  8.   If I Had My Druthers
  9.   Jingle Bells
  10.   Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  11.   Bob White
  12.   One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
  13.   I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly Roll by Bobby Darin
  14.   Winter Wonderland
  15.   You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
  16.   Personality
  17.   Baby, It's Cold Outside by Margaret Whiting
  18.   (Back Home Again In) Indiana
  19.   Candy
  20.   East of the Rockies
  21.   Ace in the Hole
  22.   Mississippi Mud
  23.   On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
  24.   Strip Polka
  25.   Blues in the Night
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Johnny Mercer

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    Sinatra And Friends

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    Martini Lounge

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    '40s Hits

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    Big Band/Swing

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    One-Night Standards

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    Yuletide Classics

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    Vocal Standards

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    Holiday Party

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    The Wolf's Christmas Classics

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    Eclectic Holiday

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    Holiday Deep Dive


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