Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976
- Existence: 1909 - 1976
Found in 36 Collections and/or Records:
Abstract: The Charles S. Tigerman Papers contain legal documents and notes related to the copyright of lyricist Johnny Mercer's songs and the estate of his widow, Ginger Mercer, 1975-1995, as well as material related to Mercer festivals, 1994-1996. Charles S. Tigerman is a practicing attorney who has served as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Johnny Mercer Foundation.
Abstract: Emma Kelly was a lifelong resident of Statesboro, Georgia. Having learned to play the piano at the age of six, she continued to perform for civic clubs and special events across the state for the rest of her life. The locally famous "Miss Emma" achieved world-renown when author John Berendt devoted an entire chapter to her in his novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The Emma Kelly collection includes documentary materials and artifacts...
Dates: circa 1900-2001; Majority of material found within 1980 - 1999
Abstract: This collection consists of research materials used by Gene Lees when he was writing his Johnny Mercer biography, Portrait of Johnny: The life of John Herndon Mercer. The papers include the correspondence files of both Gene Lees and Johnny Mercer, Mercer family biographical information, page proofs of Portrait of Johnny, as well as an unpublished manuscript entitled Song Lake Summer. Other...
Dates: 1808-2004; Majority of material found within 1990 - 2004
Abstract: This collection consists of newsclippings, press releases, programs, an interview transcript and other material relating to Johnny Mercer, 1946-1977, which Georgia State University professor Geoffrey Parker gathered from various sources including recordings of a GSU tribute to Johnny Mercer.
Abstract: This collection consists of fourteen color photo images (28 prints, 2 of each image) of the lobby at the Rialto Theater prior to the Mercer postal stamp celebration in September 1996.
Abstract: Ginger Mercer was born Elizabeth Meltzer on June 25, 1909 in Brooklyn, New York, one of three daughters born to Anna and Joseph Meltzer. While a member of the cast of the Garrick Gaieties of 1930 Ginger met an aspiring actor named Johnny Mercer, her future husband, who had moved to New York from Savannah, Georgia to try his hand at a show business career. Following her husband's death, Ginger traveled widely and spent much of her time promoting her Johnny...
Dates: circa 1960-1983
Abstract: Harry Mackenzie is a resident of Glasgow, Scotland who has researched and written extensively on radio during the 1940s. His collection consists of an unpublished 1992 manuscript, The Johnny Mercer Chesterfield Music Shop, a revision of the discography he published in 1986.
Scope and Content of the Collection The John and Seymour Rennolds Collection covers the time period from 1933 to about 1992. The manuscript portion of the collection includes materials that the Rennolds gathered on twentieth-century lyricist and composer Johnny Mercer (1909-1976). Included in the collection are a brief history of the collection itself, general files, correspondence, clippings and programs, music and lyrics, song magazines, one photograph, and three videotapes.A significant part of the manuscript...
Dates: 1933-circa 1992; Majority of material found within 1970 - 1985
Abstract: The Johnny and Ginger Mercer Papers contain manuscripts, photographs, sheet music, recordings, printed materials, and memorabilia documenting the early careers (1920s through about 1931) of both Johnny and Ginger Mercer; their courtship and marriage (1930 and 1931); and Johnny Mercer's career as a songwriter, performer, and businessman as it continued after their marriage; Johnny Mercer's work as a lyricist.
Dates: 1925-circa 1992
Abstract: The collection consists of 24 contracts (dated 1933;1939; 1952-1978) signed by American lyricist Johnny Mercer (1909-1976), some with associated correspondence; and one contract signed by his son after his death.
Dates: 1933; 1939; 1952-1978
Abstract The Johnny Mercer Foundation is a charitable organization with a stated mission of supporting the discipline of songwriting in the tradition of the Great American Songbook as exemplified by the life and work of Johnny Mercer. Board meeting minutes, correspondence, legal documents, financial records and audits, and reports from supported charities and initiatives make up their records, dated 1962-2018.
Scope and Contents This interview was recorded by Mr. Conover, who intended to use the recording in subsequent broadcasts for the Voice of America. In the course of the interview, Mr. Conover supplies Mercer song titles for Mr. Mercer to comment on. The conversation touches on such topics as how the songs came to be written, which recordings of the songs Mr. Mercer likes best, and alternate lyrics that Mr. Mercer may have written. Mr. Mercer also discusses what it means, in his opinion, to be from the South, what...
Dates: January 30, 1970
Abstract: The collection consists of three compact discs made from audiotapes and a phonograph record. The recordings (circa 1967) feature Johnny Mercer vocals, accompanied by a piano or small combo, for 19 songs he composed for the unproduced musical "Mike," a musical comedy for the stage based on Mickey Spillane's hard-boiled detective Mike Hammer.
Dates: circa 1967
Abstract The Johnny Mercer Oral History Project includes interviews with family members, friends, and colleagues of Johnny and Ginger Mercer. John Herndon Mercer (1909-1976), a native of Savannah, Georgia, began writing songs at the age of fifteen and eventually became one of the foremost figures of 20th century American popular music. His catalog includes many numbers that have become American classics, and his activities as lyricist, composer, performer and businessman span a period of nearly five...