Johnny Mercer

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Date of Birth November 18, 1909
Place of Birth Savannah, Georgia
Date of Death Jun 25, 1976 (66)
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Johnny Mercer

John Herndon Mercer 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 name: John Herndon Mercer
Born: November 18, 1909, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Died: June 25, 1976, Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation(s): Songwriter, lyricist, record producer, record label owner, record executive
Years active: 1930–1976
Associated acts: Richard A. Whiting, Bing Crosby, Margaret Whiting, The Pied Pipers, Bobby Darin, Harry Warren, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Gene de Paul, Henry Mancini
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About Johnny Mercer

Songwriter whose hits included "Fools Rush In" and "Jeepers Creepers." He co-founded Capitol Records.

Before Fame

He took a chance and pitched a comic song to Eddie Cantor, who liked it enough to become an early booster of his career.


His first major Hollywood hit was I'm an Old Cowhand from the Rio Grande, which was performed in the 1936 film Rhythm on the Range by Bing Crosby.

Family Life

He was exposed to blues music at an early age, giving him a unique sound among the primarily white songwriters of his age. He was married to chorus girl Ginger Meehan on June 8, 1931, and the couple had two children together.


His 1941 song One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) and his 1942 song That Old Black Magic were hits for Frank Sinatra.

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