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The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer

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The seventh volume in Knopf’s critically acclaimed Complete Lyrics series, published in Johnny Mercer’s centennial year, contains the texts to more than 1,200 of his lyrics, several hundred of them published here for the first time.

Johnny Mercer’s early songs became staples of the big band era and were regularly featured in the musicals of early Hollywood. With his collabo
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2009)
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Two words: “Moon River.” Even Morrissey has to bow down to Johnny Mercer’s greatness as a lyricist. The Manchurian Wonder even did a 9-minute version of “Moon River.” I kid you not!
In this beautiful production you get 1,200 lyrics. Songs co-written by fellow greats like Richard A. Whiting, Hoagy Carmichael, Jerome Kern, and Harold Arlen among others. The classics “Jeepers Creepers,” “On The Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe” (the ultimate road song) and of course the classic work done with Henr
What an incredible book! The "complete lyrics" series is a must have for anyone with an interest in the music of (particularly) the first half of the twentieth century, Porter, Hart, Ira Gershwin, Berlin, Loesser and Hammerstein have all been covered in the last 30 years, but Mercer for me at least was obviously going to be something even more special and this massive tome doesn't disappoint. The amount of work that has gone into the book is phenomenal, I did spot a few second choruses that were ...more
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John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer 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
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