The Life and Career of Johnny Mercer

Lecture Description

The jazz infused music Savannah native Johnny Mercer (1909-1976) produced as the writer of nearly 1,500 songs, as president of Capitol Records which he cofounded in 1942, and as one of the country’s foremost midcentury performers, helped transform popular song at home and abroad, as he joined other southern diaspora entertainers with whom he worked such as Billie Holiday, Dinah Shore, Nat “King” Cole, and Harry James, in creating the global soundtrack of the American Consensus. Written for Hollywood musicals, Broadway shows, and radio, such Mercer standards as “Skylark,” “Laura,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Satin Doll,” “Black Magic,” “Moon River,” continually regenerate as each generation discovers anew these immortal contributions to the Great American Songbook.



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