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Johnny Mercer

Born: 1909. Died: 1976. Lived in: United States

John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer was an American lyricist, songwriter and singer. He was also the founder of Capitol Records.

He is best known as a lyricist, but he also composed music. He was also a popular singer who recorded his own songs as well as those written by others. From the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most popular hits of the time. He wrote the lyrics to more than fifteen hundred songs, including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. He received nineteen Academy Award nominations, and won four Best Original Song Oscars.


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 Jay Althouse : Dream : Showtrax CD : 038081293967  : 00-27136

Jay Althouse : Dream

Singer Mel Tormé called "Dream" "the national anthem for group singers." It's been recorded by everyone from Frank Sinatra to George Shearing, and is the quintessential vocal group number. The vocal lines are easy, so it's a great piece to work on tone and blend...for any ensemble of any size. Easy piano accompaniment.

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5684p | Showtrax CD | $27.95

Alan Billingsley : It Had Better Be Tonight : Showtrax CD : 038081312217  : 00-28677

Alan Billingsley : It Had Better Be Tonight

Itis a spicy Latin flavored number as recorded by Michael Bublé. And hereis the surprise: it was written by legendary songwriters Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer! This hot, rhythmic arrangement captures the excitement of the Bublé version in a full-fledged choral style.

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Performed by Michael Buble | 5732p | Showtrax CD | $24.95

Andy Beck : Hooray for Hollywood : Showtrax CD : 038081312163  : 00-28672

Andy Beck : Hooray for Hollywood

Set the stage for a movie themed concert with this flashy arrangement that pays homage to the golden days of Hollywood. The bouncy 2-beat opens and closes with a show biz fanfare, features three celebrity impersonators, and includes a stylish kick-line at its glitzy height. A blockbuster! Featured on the "Hooray for Hollywood!" movement DVD #28868.

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5731p | Showtrax CD | $27.95

Ed Lojeski : Charade : Showtrax CD : 884088879549 : 00115642

Ed Lojeski : Charade

Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant starred in the movie of the same name of this classic theme song by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. This jazz setting features the lilting Parisian melody but with a unique rhythmic feel that pays homage to Brubeck and others of Mancini's era.

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2779p | Showtrax CD | $26.95

Ed Lojeski : Moon River : Showtrax CD : 073999001631 : 1423469690 : 08200163

Ed Lojeski : Moon River

Absolutely stunning! This standard is expertly arranged by noted jazz educator Steve Zegree to show your group at its best. A wonderful opportunity to develop blend, phrasing and intonation.

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2782p | Showtrax CD | $24.95

Jay Althouse : Summer Wind : Showtrax CD : 038081424057  : 00-37933

Jay Althouse : Summer Wind

Frank Sinatra, Wayne Newton, Michael Bublé, and many others have recorded this great American standard. This arrangement really swings, with some great scat sections.

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5835p | Showtrax CD | $26.95

Kirby Shaw : Moon River : Showtrax CD : 884088884802 : 00117044

Kirby Shaw : Moon River

This Academy Awardae winning song of 1961 by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer gets a Basie-esque treatment in this swinging chart. Set in a 4/4 swing over walking bass, the vocal and instrumental lines play off each other, punctuated by chord hits and characteristic piano riffs. An optional improvised solo section completes the package. Sensational! Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Combo parts (tpt 1-2, tsx, tbn, gtr, b, dm) available as a digital download. Duration: ca. 3:55.

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2780p | Showtrax CD | $26.95

Kirby Shaw : It Had Better Be Tonight : Showtrax CD : 884088901943 : 00118822

Kirby Shaw : It Had Better Be Tonight

Originally written by Johnny Mercer for The Pink Panther in 1963 and covered by Michael Bublé on his Call Me Irresponsible album from 2007, this uptempo classic sizzles with Latin fire. Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Combo parts available digitally (tpt 1, tpt 2, tsx, tbn, syn, gtr, b, dm). Duration: ca. 2:20.

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Performed by Michael Buble | 2781p | Showtrax CD | $26.95

Kirby Shaw : My Shining Hour : Showtrax CD : 888680734213 : 00267465

Kirby Shaw : My Shining Hour

Following the huge success by Harold Arlen of Over The Rainbow he was both incredibly busy and incredibly successful. In 1943 he wrote the film score for The Sky's The Limit and, although the film was not a huge success, My Shining Hour was the #1 song of its day. Since then if has been covered by countless jazz musicians as well as song stylists. Here is a strong arrangement for your choir that they will love to sing.

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8248p | Showtrax CD | $26.95

Mac Huff : Come Rain or Come Shine : Showtrax CD : 08741373

Mac Huff : Come Rain or Come Shine


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2784p | Showtrax CD | $19.95

Paris Rutherford : Autumn Leaves : Showtrax CD : 073999422900 : 08742290

Paris Rutherford : Autumn Leaves


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2785p | Showtrax CD | $19.95

Teena Chinn : Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words (A Medley) : Showtrax CD : 654979045618  : 00-CDM03021

Teena Chinn : Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words (A Medley)

This exceptional Teena Chinn penned medley showcases five of the great songs by master songwriter Johnny Mercer. Included in this four-and-a-half minute show-piece are: "Too Marvelous For Words," "Satin Doll," "And The Angels Sing," "Fools Rush In," and "Jeepers Creepers." A real audience pleaser!

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5966p | Showtrax CD | $29.95

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