Johnny Mercer sheet music
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Johnny Mercer sheet music

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976.
Title: Johnny Mercer sheet music
Dates: 1931-1941
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1813

Biographical/Historical Note

Johnny Mercer was an American songwriter, singer, and composer. He was born John H. Mercer in Savannah, Georgia on 18 November 1909 and was the son of George Anderson and Lillian Mercer. He was educated in the Savannah public schools, the Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, and was destined to follow his family's tradition of attending Princeton University, but was unable to do so when his father's real estate business experienced financial setbacks in the late 1920s. As a result, Mercer began to help with his father's real estate business until he became bored with it and moved to New York in 1928 where he tried to pursue a career in show business. Mercer was able to earn roles in traveling performances, but soon made his mark in composing songs and lyrics for the variety shows. He soon became a well-known lyricist and moved to California where he produced many hit songs for motion picture musical productions and Broadway shows. Mercer died 25 June 1976 after losing a battle to brain cancer and is buried in his family's plot in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains three pieces of sheet music with the lyrics written by Johnny Mercer. The songs included in this collection are the following: "While We Danced at the Mardi Gras" written in 1931, "I'd Know You Anywhere" written for the major motion picture, You'll Find Out in 1940, and "Blues in the Night" written for the major motion picture with the same title in 1941.

Index Terms

Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976.
Motion picture music.
Sheet music.

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Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.