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Skylark: The Life and Times of Johnny Mercer

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Skylark is the story of the tormented but glorious life and career of Johnny Mercer, and the first biography of this enormously popular and influential lyricist. Raised in Savannah, Mercer brought a quintessentially southern style to both his life in New York and to his lyrics, which often evoked the landscapes and mood of his youth ("Moon River", "In the Cool, Cool, Cool ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 9th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published August 15th 2003)
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Kim Hines
I loved this book. Being an a artist myself, I love it when biographers can actually speak about an artist's process. Mercer's genius in writing lyrics was not an easy task.... the fact that he made it look so simple is a testament to that genius. The back story of his love and loss with Judy Garland is rich-- and certainly explains the emotional lyrics of his most notable songs. I loved this book on so many levels.
Donna Jo Atwood
Johnny Mercer's lyrics were well known from the popular Moon River to Summer Wind and countless others.
The man himself was a wreck. He drank heavily, was a womanizer, and had a tendency to be exceptional rude to even his best friends--and people still loved him.
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Johnny Mercer is one of my favorite lyricists, so the anecdotes were enjoyable as most of them were from Johnny's unpublished papers. It seemed like it was pieced together, but the subject matter was what interested me.
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