Born: November 18, 1909 | Died: June 25, 1976
When people write about Johnny Mercer, they usually talk about his fabulous career, the sheer quantity of his output, the speed and ease with which he wrote, his southern charm, the hip sophistication of his lyrics. But all this misses the real point. Ask anyone who writes lyrics. Johnny Mercer was a genius.
He was born John Herndon Mercer on November 18, 1909 into an old Southern family in Savannah, Georgia. His father was a wealthy attorney with a flourishing real estate business, and young John was sent to a fashionable prep school, the Woodbury Forrest School in Virginia. However, when he was 17, his father's business collapsed, and his father found himself a million dollars in debt. Rather than declare bankruptcy, his father dedicated the rest of his life to paying off that debt, and suddenly young John Mercer, no longer able to go on to college, was on his way to New York City, hoping to make good as an actor....
AwardsMercer won four Academy Award for Best Original Song:
"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" (1946) (music by Harry Warren) for The Harvey Girls
"In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening" (1951) (music by Hoagy Carmichael) for Here Comes The Groom
"Moon River" (1961) (music by Henry Mancini) for Breakfast at Tiffany's
"Days of Wine and Roses" (1962) (music by Henry Mancini) for Days of Wine and Roses
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