Johnny Mercer Day

November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976

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Composer, lyricist, and singer Johnny Mercer was born on November 18, 1909 in Savannah, Georgia.

Mercer, who had his first songwriting hit with Ted Lewis’ “Lazybones”, wrote the lyrics to some of the ‘30s’ and ‘40s’ biggest songs.

In 1942, he founded the music industry giant Capitol Records. Mercer contributed his own vocals to many of the label’s 1940s singles.

Most people know of Johnny Mercer as a songwriter, but he was also a singer and performer. He was also the co-founder of Capital Records.

Over his lifetime, he was involved in the writing of over 1,500.


Johnny Mercer, vocal
Nat Cole, vocal

Here’s a list of his top most performed songs: 

Button Up Your Overcoat
If I Had My Druthers
That’s The Way He Does It
I Thought About You
Oh, Happy Day
I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plan
Spring, Spring, Spring
On The Atchison Topeka And Santa Fe
Talk To Me Baby
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