Knowledge Identifier: +Johnny_Mercer
Mercer attended exclusive Woodberry Forest boys prep school in Virginia until 1927
Mercer moved to New York in 1928, when he was 19
Dick McDonough - After exchanging banjo for guitar, he did extensive work as a session musician in the 1930s and played with Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, The Boswell Sisters, Joe Venuti, Benny Goodman, Miff Mole, Adrian Rollini, Red Norvo, Jack Teagarden, Johnny Mercer, Billie_Holiday, Pee Wee Russell, Frankie Trumbauer, Glenn Miller, and Gene Gifford among others
In 1932, Mercer won a contest to sing with the Paul Whiteman orchestra, but it did not help his situation significantly
Hoagy Carmichael - In 1933 Carmichael began his collaboration with newly arrived lyricist Johnny Mercer on "Thanksgiving", "Moon Country", and "Lazybones", which was a smash hit selling over 350,000 copies in three months
It was only when Mercer moved to Hollywood in 1935 that his career was assured
In 1937, Mercer began employment with the Warner Brothers studio, working with the veteran composer Richard Whiting , soon producing his standard, "Too Marvelous for Words", followed by "Hooray for Hollywood"
In 1939, Mercer wrote the lyrics to a melody by Ziggy Elman, a trumpet player with Benny Goodman
Harold Arlen - In the 1940s, he teamed up with lyricist Johnny Mercer, and continued to write hit songs like "Blues in the Night", "That Old Black Magic," "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home", "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "One for My Baby "
In 1941, shortly after the death of his father, Mercer began an intense affair with 19-year old Judy Garland while she was engaged to composer David Rose
Chummy MacGregor - A noted songwriter and arranger, he wrote the songs "It Must Be Jelly " with the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1942, which was covered by Woody Herman in 1944 on Brunswick and as V-Disc 320B, and was recorded by Harry James, Frankie Ford, and Johnny Long; "Slumber Song" with Saul Tepper; "Doin' the Jive" written with Glenn Miller in 1937; "Moon Dreams" with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, which was arranged by Gil Evans and recorded by Miles Davis on his "Birth of the Cool" album; "Sold American" with Glenn Miller; "Sometime" with Glenn
Chummy MacGregor - Martha Tilton recorded "Moon Dreams" in 1942 for Capitol Records, which was co-founded by Johnny Mercer, the co-writer of the song
"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" was a big smash for Judy Garland in the 1946 film "The Harvey Girls", and earned Mercer the first of his four Academy awards for Best Song, after eight unsuccessful nominations
Robert E. Dolan - He joined ASCAP in 1946 often collaborating with Johnny Mercer and Walter O'Keefe in popular-song compositions
Hoagy Carmichael - "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening", with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, featured in 1951's "Here Comes the Groom", won Carmichael his first Academy *award for Best Original Song, and Mercer his second of four
In 1954, he appeared on NBC's "The Donald O'Connor Show"
Hy Kraft - Hy Kraft's 1954 musical play "Top Banana" was filmed for the screen and released as a movie in 1954, starring Phil Silvers as a television comic trying to regain his ratings on TV. Feeling the show was a personal swipe at him, Milton Berle wrote of it, "The only public attack I got any pleasure from was the one dreamed up by Hy Kraft and Johnny Mercer, and starring Phil Silvers
The Tony Bennett classic "I Wanna Be Around" was written by Mercer in 1962 and the Sinatra hit "Summer Wind" in 1965
An indication of the high esteem in which Mercer was held can be observed in that in 1964 he became the only lyricist to have his work recorded as a volume of Ella Fitzgerald's celebrated 'Songbook' albums for the Verve label
James Arthur Williams - In 1969, Williams purchased the home, which was originally built for General Hugh Weedon Mercer, great-grandfather of songwriter Johnny Mercer
In 1975, Paul McCartney approached Mercer for a collaboration but Mercer was ill, and an inoperable brain tumor was diagnosed
Blossom Dearie - Songwriter Johnny Mercer, with whom she collaborated for her 1975 song, "I'm Shadowing You", gave one of his final compositions to Dearie for the title song of her 1976 Daffodil album, "My New Celebrity is You"
Manilow applied his own melody to the lyric and issued it as a single in 1984, when it became a top 10 Adult Contemporary hit in the United States
Lionel Richie - In 2016, Richie received the Songwriters Hall of Fame's highest honor, the Johnny Mercer *award