Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Johnny Mercer, songwriter

John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer (November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) was a popular American songwriter and singer. As a songwriter, he is best known as a lyricist but 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 time. He wrote the lyrics to more than a thousand songs, including compositions for movies and Broadway shows.


"Lazybones"
Words by Johnny Mercer, Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Performed by Dr Teeth & The Electric Mayhem



"Goody Goody"
Words by Johnny Mercer, Music by Matty Malneck
Performed by Frankie Lymon



"I'm an Old Cowhand from the Rio Grande"
Words and Music by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Lucy Lawless



"Too Marvelous for Words"
Words by Johnny Mercer, Music by Richard A. Whiting
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald



"Jeepers Creepers"
Words by Johnny Mercer, Music by Harry Warren
Performed by Louis Armstrong



"Fools Rush In"
Words by Johnny Mercer, Music by Rube Bloom
Performed by Ricky Nelson

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