Johnny Mercer, The Legend
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Mail-order firm the Good Music Record Company licensed this compilation of Johnny Mercer material from Capitol Records, the company he co-founded, and it presents a good survey of his popular recordings from the 1940s and early 1950s. Among the 22 tracks are all of Mercer's number one hits — "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," "Candy," "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe," and "Personality" — as well as five of his other seven Top Ten singles (the missing: "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," "Huggin' and Chalkin'"), several of his other chart songs, such as "The Glow Worm" (a Mercer copyright that was a bigger hit for the Mills Brothers), and some intriguing performances, including his takes on "One For My Baby (And One More for the Road)" and "Blues in the Night," songs for which he wrote the lyrics to music by Harold Arlen. Employing the better part of the Capitol Records roster, the singer is often accompanied on vocals by the Pied Pipers, twice by Jo Stafford, and once each by Margaret Whiting and Nat "King" Cole, while the Benny Goodman Orchestra plays on two tracks. Mercer is better remembered as a songwriter than a recording artist, but this set confirms his appeal as a performer.
Born: 18 November 1909 in Savannah, GA
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s
Top Albums and Songs by Johnny Mercer
||Ac-cen-tuate the Positive (Mister In-Between)||G.I. Jukebox Jive, Vol. 1||2:42||€0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive (Here Come the Waves)||The Essential Movies||2:50||€1.29||View in iTunes|
||Winter Wonderland||A Christmas Collection||2:59||€0.99||View in iTunes|
||Accentuate the Positive||At His Best||2:01||€0.99||View in iTunes|
||Summer Wind||My Huckleberry Friend||3:38||€0.99||View in iTunes|
||Baby, It's Cold Outside||Personality||2:49||€0.99||View in iTunes|
||Two of a Kind||Two of a Kind||3:41||€0.99||View in iTunes|
||Friendship||The Best of Judy Garland||2:31||€0.99||View in iTunes|
||Baby, It's cold outside||Johnny Mercer, The Legend||2:50||€0.99||View in iTunes|
||Moon River||My Huckleberry Friend||3:42||€0.99||View in iTunes|