Johnny Mercer

Born 18 November 1909. Died 25 June 1976.
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Johnny Mercer - Moon River

In a clip from Arena's 2010 Johnny Mercer - The Dream's on Me the voice of Jane Asher summarises the important career of lyracist and singer Johnny Mercer.

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John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer (November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) was an American lyricist, songwriter and singer. He was also a co-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.

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  • Founded Capitol Records

BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Clint Eastwood Presents: Johnny Mercer - The Dream’s On Me

    Clint Eastwood Presents: Johnny Mercer - The Dream’s On Me 2009

    Reviewed by Adrian Edwards
    Undeniably an impressive celebration of a great American lyricist.
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