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Johnny Mercer "Mike" audio collection

 Collection
Identifier: M210

Scope and Content of the Records

The collection consists of three compact discs made from audiotapes and phonograph records dating from approximately 1967. The recordings feature Johnny Mercer vocals, accompanied by a piano or small combo, for 19 songs he composed for the unproduced musical "Mike."

The recordings available to researchers are listening copies of the originals that have been treated for noise reduction.

Dates

  • circa 1967

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Use copies available for research. Access to originals (phonodiscs and magnetic tape) and digital masters restricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

This material is not available for duplication.

Historical Note about Johnny Mercer's "Mike"

Charles Tannen, actor and screenwriter, conceived of a musical comedy for the stage based on Mickey Spillane's hard-boiled detective Mike Hammer. He wrote a script with Tay Garnett and engaged lyricist Johnny Mercer to write songs for the play. "Mike" was never produced, and most of the 19 songs Mercer composed for it went unpublished (exceptions being "I Wanna Be In Love Again," "The Medium," and "Star Sounds").

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (in 3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

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.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Tracy Tannen, 2007.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Johnny Mercer papers, 1885-1981 (M001)
  2. Johnny and Ginger Mercer papers, 1925-circa 1992 (M002)
  3. Johnny Mercer Oral History Project, 1970, 1995-1998, 2001-2002

Processing Information

Processed by William Hardesty at the file level, 2008. A tape containing recordings of private telephone conversations that arrived with the collection was removed.
Title
Johnny Mercer's "Mike":
Subtitle
A Guide to the Audio Collection at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
January 15, 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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