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The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercerby Robert Kimball
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The seventh volume in Knopfs critically acclaimed Complete Lyrics series, published in Johnny Mercers centennial year, contains the texts to more than 1,200 of his lyrics, several hundred of them published here for the first time.
Johnny Mercers early songs became staples of the big band era and were regularly featured in the musicals of early Hollywood. With his collaborators, who included Richard A. Whiting, Harry Warren, Hoagy Carmichael, Jerome Kern, and Harold Arlen, he wrote the lyrics to some of the most famous standards, among them, “Too Marvelous for Words,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “Skylark,” “Im Old-Fashioned,” and “That Old Black Magic.”
During a career of more than four decades, Mercer was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song an astonishing eighteen times, and won four: for his lyrics to “On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe” (music by Warren), “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening” (music by Carmichael), and “Moon River” and “Days of Wine and Roses” (music for both by Henry Mancini).
Youve probably fallen in love with more than a few of Mercers songs-his words have never gone out of fashion-and with this superb collection, its easy to see that his lyrics elevated popular song into art.
About the Author
Robert Kimball has edited the Complete Lyrics of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Lorenz Hart, Frank Loesser, and Ira Gershwin. He lives in New York.
Barry Day has written books on Noël Coward, Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde, and P. G. Wodehouse. He lives in New York, London, and Palm Beach.
Miles Kreuger, the president of the Institute of the American Musical, is the author of Show Boat: The Story of a Classic American Musical. He lives in Los Angeles.
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