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Johnny Mercer papers

Identifier: M001
Abstract: 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 decades. The Johnny Mercer papers consist of biographical materials (including an unpublished autobiography), correspondence, drafts and...
Dates: 1885-1981

Johnny Mercer radio programs collection

Identifier: M241
Abstract The Johnny Mercer Radio Programs Collection consists of audio recordings of more than 250 radio broadcasts, primarily dated 1934-1956. These musical radio shows feature performances from many notable entertainers of the time, but they all include either performances by Johnny Mercer, performances of his songs, or are otherwise related to his career.
Dates: 1934-1956, 1999

"Johnny Mercer: The Dream's On Me" collection

Identifier: M213
Abstract The Johnny Mercer Foundation worked with the Turner Classic Movies network, Rhapsody Productions, executive producer Clint Eastwood and director Bruce Ricker to create Johnny Mercer: The Dream's On Me, a 100-minute documentary on the life and music of songwriter Johnny Mercer, released in 2009. The collection includes production and research materials created or assembled for the film, 1912-2013, including newly-created interviews and performances as well as...
Dates: 1912-2013

Leonora Gidlund papers

Identifier: M030
Abstract: Leonora Gidlund conducted extensive research on resources relating to the life and career of Johnny Mercer while pursuing an M.A. degree in History at Georgia State University, resulting in a thesis in 1984. Her papers consist of correspondence with educational institutions, archives, historical societies, book dealers, radio stations and private collectors holding research materials relating to Johnny Mercer, and include a number of copies of original materials (including draft lyrics and...
Dates: 1983-1984

Margaret Whiting collection

Identifier: M064
Abstract: The Margaret Whiting collection consists of printed, visual, and audio materials relating to the careers of singer Margaret Whiting and her friend, songwriter Johnny Mercer, as well as Johnny Rotella and Emma Kelly.
Dates: 1924 - 2010; Majority of material found within 1946 - 2007

"Mostly Mercer" concert photographs collection

Identifier: M123
Abstract: On September 23, 1994 Georgia State University held the "Mostly Mercer" concert and reception, featuring Margaret Whiting. The collection consists of photographs of the performers and others.
Dates: 1994

Music Printed collection: Ephemera

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: M-Ephemera
Abstract The Music Printed collection: Ephemera is an amalgmation of materials on a variety of topics relating to music and popular culture.
Dates: 1932-2011

Nick Mamalakis papers

Identifier: M034
Abstract: A Savannah, Georgia businessman, Nick Mamalakis was associated with lyricist Johnny Mercer's family and its businesses from 1930, and was the primary advocate of plans to bring the papers of Johnny Mercer to the archives at Georgia State University. His papers include articles, newsclippings, correspondence and printed material relating to Johnny Mercer and to the acquisition of the Johnny Mercer Papers by Georgia State University, and brief manuscript by Nick Mamalakis describing the events...
Dates: 1956-1999

Ober family papers

Identifier: M157
Abstract: The Ober family lived near Johnny Mercer and his family on Lido Isle (Newport Beach, California) in the 1950s and 1960s. The two families became close friends. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, and other printed and manuscript materials, documenting the long relationship between the families, as well as collected material relating to Johnny Mercer, 1976-2000.
Dates: 1952-2000

Richard A. Whiting collection

Identifier: M209
Abstract: Richard A. Whiting was a prominent music composer for Hollywood and Broadway productions from the 1920s-1930s. The Richard A. Whiting Collection, 1896-2006, contains files related to Whiting's life and career as a musical composer including correspondence, photographs, periodicals and sheet music.
Dates: 1891-2006; Majority of material found within 1950 - 2006

Robert Kimball collection

Identifier: M227
Abstract: The Robert Kimball Collection, 1930-2008, consists of mixed materials compiled by the well-respected musical theater historian as research for his co-edited book The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer (New York, 2009). The collection contains biographical information on Johnny Mercer's collaborators, songs (in the form of sheet music, arranger's piano and vocal scores, arranger's lead sheets, piano-conductor scores), newspaper clippings, copies of theater programs...
Dates: 1930-2008

Sadie Vimmerstedt papers

Identifier: M065
Abstract: Sadie Vimmerstedt, who was a resident of Youngstown, Ohio, wrote a letter to Johnny Mercer in February of 1957 suggesting that Mercer write a song entitled "When Somebody Breaks Your Heart." Mercer wrote the song, ultimately sharing authorship with her on a 50/50 basis. Mrs. Vimmerstedt's collection includes Mercer's first letter to her, a few Christmas cards from Mercer, and photographs taken at the 1963 Grammy Awards banquet.
Dates: 1959-circa 1970

Steve Allen collection

Identifier: M122
Abstract: Steve Allen (1921-2000) was a well-known author, pianist, comedian, composer, and actor. He was an admirer of Johnny Mercer's lyrics. After Mercer's death, his widow Ginger Mercer and Bill Harbach encouraged Allen to write a song to a title Mercer had created, "Your Wife Is the Love of My Life." This collection consists of a lead sheet and typed lyrics for Allen's "Your Wife Is the Love of My Life."
Dates: 1980

Vern Hansen papers

Identifier: M201
Abstract: Vern Hansen (born March 17, 1918) worked as a musician and radio promotion specialist in Iowa, and moved to California in the 1960s. A songwriter and author, he corresponded with lyricist Johnny Mercer and singer Bing Crosby about his work and his efforts to succeed in the entertainment industry. His papers, 1934-1939, 1951-1984, 1990-2009, include correspondence, creative works, legal documents, and printed material. In addition to his correspondence with Mercer, much of the material pertains...
Dates: 1934-1939, 1951-1984, 1990-2009

Windell M. Smith papers

Identifier: M186
Abstract: Windell M. Smith grew up in Savannah, Georgia during the 1960s. He later became a Special Education teacher in the Savannah area. This collection consists of a single sheet of lyrics that Johnny Mercer provided to Savannah Boy Scout Troop 60 for a 1960 trip to the Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Dates: circa 1960

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