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Johnny Mercer

John Herndon Mercer (November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) was an American lyricist, songwriter, and singer, as well as a record label executive who co-founded Capitol Records with music industry businessmen Buddy DeSylva and Glenn E. Wallichs.

He is best known as a Tin Pan Alley lyricist, but he also composed music, and was a popular singer who recorded his own songs as well as songs written by others from the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s. Mercer's songs were among the most successful hits of the time, including "Moon River", "Days of Wine and Roses", "Autumn Leaves", and "Hooray for Hollywood". He wrote the lyrics to more than 1,500 songs, including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. He received nineteen Oscar nominations, and won four Best Original Song Oscars.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 18, 1909 (Savannah), Died June 25, 1976 (Hollywood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1967

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, vocalist, composer, author

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Recordings (Results 276-285 of 285 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca DLA 1298 10-in. 7/1/1938 Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean Bing Crosby ; Johnny Mercer vocalist  
Decca DLA 1985 10-in. 4/15/1940 Mister Meadowlark Bing Crosby ; Johnny Mercer vocalist  
Decca DLA 1986 10-in. 4/15/1940 On behalf of the visiting firemen Bing Crosby ; Johnny Mercer vocalist  
Decca DLA 1987 10-in. 4/15/1940 Friendship Judy Garland ; Johnny Mercer vocalist  
Decca L 7748 6/22/1954 Doodle-doo-doo Les Brown and his Band of Renown ; Johnny Mercer vocalist  
Decca L 14385 3/10/1967 Rosie Johnny Mercer vocalist  
Decca L 14386 3/10/1967 Everybody loves a man Johnny Mercer vocalist  
Decca L 14387 3/10/1967 [Unknown title(s)] Johnny Mercer vocalist  
Columbia (U.K.) CL5803 10-in. 6/23/1936 Eeny meeny miney mo Sam Castendet ; Jazz Sam Castendet ; M. Marshall Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL8284 10-in. 12/18/1946 Le petit train du far-west Jo Charrier ; Jacques Hélian Orchestre ; Zappy Max Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
(Results 276-285 of 285 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mercer, Johnny," accessed June 13, 2024,

Mercer, Johnny. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 13, 2024, from

"Mercer, Johnny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 June 2024.

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