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Wayne's Music 21/22 November 2009. 100 years since Johnny Mercer's birth.

Wayne Mowat with a special programme this weekend, a tribute to one of the greatest lyricists of all time! JOHNNY MERCER was born in Savannah, Georgia 100 years ago, but in his 67 years he wrote over one thousand songs. Not only did he write words to other people's melodies, he often wrote his own music.

In 1971, Mercer presented a retrospective of his career for the "Lyrics and Lyricists Series" in New York including his greatest hits and a performance by Margaret Whiting. It was recorded live as an Evening With Johnny Mercer.

Hear songs such as

Lazy Bones Mills Brothers, the hit song Mercer wrote with Hoagy Carmichael in 1933.
I remember You Frank Ifield with the 1961 hit version of Johnny mercer and Victor Schertzinger's song written in 1941.
Blues In The Night Ella Fitzgerald with just one of many, many version of that wonderful song.
That Old Black Magic Keely Smith and Louis Prima.on our tribute this week to the great songwriter Johnny mercer whose birthdate was 100 years ago this week,November the 18th 1909.Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive Johnny Mercer, a first rate performer of his own songs.
MoonRiverThe mancini Singers, the first time a songwriting team had achieved back-to-back Oscars.
You Must have Been A Beautiful Baby Bobby darin with The Johnny mercer and Harry warren hit they wrote in 1938. When October Goes Barry Manilow.

and many, many more ...