One of the earliest I have ever come across. Direct from a 1940s estate scrapbook (see second image). John Herndon Mercer was an American lyricist, songwriter, and singer. He was also a record label executive who co-founded Capitol Records with music industry businessmen Buddy DeSylva and Glenn E. He is best known as a Tin Pan Alley lyricist, but he also composed music. He was also a popular singer who recorded his own songs as well as songs written by others from the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s. Mercer’s songs were among the most successful hits of the time, including “Moon River”, “Days of Wine and Roses”, “Autumn Leaves”, and “Hooray for Hollywood”. He wrote the lyrics to more than 1,500 songs, including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. He received nineteen Oscar nominations, and won four Best Original Song Oscars. Minor corner bends/wear (from where it was stuck into scrapbook), minor smudges, scuffs. Johnny Mercer started his career as singer and songwriter for Paul Whiteman. He started writing songs for Hollywood in 1935, where he also had a few small parts in musicals. Among his famous songs is the unoffical anthem of Hollywood, “Hooray For Hollywood” that he wrote for the movie “Hollywood Hotel”. He also had radio programs and made records, some with Bing Crosby. Others honored in this issue are Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, and Hoagy Carmichael. In 1942 he founded Capitol Records with songwriter Buddy G. DeSylva and businessman Glen Wallichs. He used part of the proceeds to repay his father’s debts that resulted from the Florida real estate bust and the Great Depression. Mercer and DeSylva also founded Cowboy Records (Philadelphia, PA) in 1942. One of the legendary figures in the Great American Songbook, his work as a lyricist, and occasionally composer and lyricist, has produced such standards as “Skylark, ” “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening” (music by Hoagy Carmichael), “Blues in the Night, ” “One For My Baby, ” “My Shining Hour” (music by Harold Arlen), “Moon River, ” “Days of Wine and Roses, ” “Charade, ” “The Sweetheart Tree, ” “Moment to Moment, ” “Whistling in the Dark” (music by Henry Mancini), “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe” (music by Harry Warren), “Life Is What You Make It” (music by Marvin Hamlisch), “Jamboree Jones, ” “Dream, ” “Something’s Gotta Give, ” and “I Wanna Be Around” (music and lyrics by Mercer). Posthumously nominated for Broadway’s 1983 Tony Award for his original lyrics for Gene de Paul’s original music and score, with additional, new music and lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Best known during WWII for his hit, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive. He would become the premier lyricist in post-War America. This item is in the category “Entertainment Memorabilia\Autographs-Original\Movies\Photographs”. The seller is “pengang” and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Object Type: Photograph
- Industry: Movies