Johnny Mercer "Mike" audio collection
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.
- circa 1967
- Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976 (Person)
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research use.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.
This material is not available for duplication. Access to originals (phonodiscs and magnetic tape) and digital masters restricted.
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 "Mike" was never produced, and most of the 19 songs Mercer composed for it went unpublished (exceptions being "I Wanna Be In Love Again," "The Medium," and "Star Sounds").
1.25 Linear Feet (in 3 boxes)
Language of Materials
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.
Donated by Tracy Tannen, 2007.
Processed by William Hardesty at the file level, 2008. A tape containing recordings of private telephone conversations that arrived with the collection was removed.
- Johnny Mercer's "Mike":
- A Guide to the Audio Collection at Georgia State University Library
- Georgia State University Library
- 15 January 2008
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