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Johnny Mercer

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

He is best known as a Tin Pan Alley lyricist, but he also composed music. He was also a popular singer who recorded his own songs as well as songs 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, 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, vocalist, songwriter, composer

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Recordings (Results 26-50 of 261 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-83617 10-in. 7/23/1934 Pardon my Southern accent Don Mayfield and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-83795 10-in. 8/22/1934 Old skipper Don Mayfield and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-84010 10-in. 8/18/1934 Pardon my Southern accent Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet lyricist, vocalist  
Victor BS-84011 10-in. 8/18/1934 Here come the British Johnny Hauser ; Peggy Healy ; Johnny Mercer ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal trio vocalist, lyricist  
Victor BS-84243 10-in. 9/9/1934 P.S. I love you Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-84442 10-in. 10/5/1934 If I had a million dollars Richard Himber ; Joey Nash ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-84455 10-in. 10/8/1934 P.S. I love you Eddie Stone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-84456 10-in. 10/8/1934 If I had a million dollars Eddie Stone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-86221 10-in. 11/20/1934 Down t' Uncle Bill's Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet songwriter  
Victor BS-86462 10-in. 12/17/1934 Just a fair weather friend Florence Richardson Orchestra ; Jerry Lee Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-86492 10-in. 12/21/1934 Just a fair weather friend Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-89519 10-in. 4/4/1935 The Dixieland band Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Helen Ward Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-91892 10-in. 10/11/1935 If you were mine Lee Bennett ; Jan Garber Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-92290 10-in. 6/19/1935 I never saw a better night Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-92295 10-in. 6/19/1935 When you are in my arms Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-92701 10-in. 7/12/1935 I never saw a better night Dolly Dawn ; George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Sonny Schuyler Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet lyricist  
Victor BS-92702 10-in. 7/12/1935 When you are in my arms Dolly Dawn ; George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-96502 10-in. 11/22/1935 Eeny meeny miney mo Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Helen Ward Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-96539 10-in. 1/2/1936 Eeny meeny miney mo Jack Hylton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-96569 10-in. 1/24/1936 Goody-goody Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Helen Ward Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor PBS-97015 10-in. 9/27/1935 Santa Claus came in the spring Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Joe Harris Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor PBS-97625 10-in. 7/21/1936 Dream awhile Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-98399 10-in. 12/27/1935 I'm building up to an awful let-down Bill Dillard ; Little Ramblers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-98441 10-in. 12/20/1935 Eeny meeny miney mo Dolly Dawn and her Dawn Patrol Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-98459 10-in. 12/23/1935 I'm building up to an awful let-down Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
(Results 26-50 of 261 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mercer, Johnny," accessed January 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103688.

Mercer, Johnny. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103688.

"Mercer, Johnny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 January 2023.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103688

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