Johnny Mercer is one of America’s giants in the music industry. He was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1909. Johnny wrote song lyrics for over 600 songs plus he contributed to 88 movies. (That’s more movies than Irving Berlin and Cole Porter combined!)
Johnny Mercer was the found of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was also co-founder of Capital Records. Johnny’s early claim to fame was that he as a feature vocalist with Paul Whiteman and his orchestra. One of Johnny’s first duties with Paul Whiteman was writing a song a week for the Kraft Musical Hall on radio.
He met Hoagie Carmichael, and together they had their first big hit; Lazybones.
Johnny and his wife Ginger moved to Hollywood and Johnny’s musical gifts made him an industry giant almost overnight.
In 1940, Harold Arlen and Johnnny Mercer wrote “Blues In The Night”. The song was so popular, it became the title and theme of a Bing Crosby musical. Johnny Mercer had 4 Academy Award-winning songs; “The Days of Wine and Roses”, “Moonriver”,”In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening”, and “Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe”.