Johnny Mercer (1909-1976)

Born: November 18, 1909, Savannah, Georgia
Died: June 25, 1976, Bel-Air, California

From SKYLARK, a 2003 biography of Johnny Mercer written by Philip Furia:  For twenty years, from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s, Mercer dominated the popular song charts.  During that era, he had at least one song in the Top Ten for 221 weeks; for 55 weeks he had two songs in the Top Ten; for 6 weeks he had three songs in that circle; during 2 weeks in 1942, he had four songs there--virtually half the HIT PARADE.  In some years, he had a song in the Top Ten during every week of the year, the songwriter's equivalent of Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak, and his songs were number one a record thirteen times.  In the course of his career he would write the lyrics, and sometimes the music as well, for 1,088 songs; of these, 18 would be nominated for the Academy Award for Best song, and four would win the Oscar.

Overview

Johnny's career is rather interesting. He is one of just a few men to enjoy success as a Singer; Actor; Lyricist and Composer. Mercer's big break in show business came when he won a singing contest sponsored by Paul Whiteman. When the Rhythm Boys (Al Rinker; Harry Harris and Bing Crosby) left Whiteman, Mercer was hired as their replacement (where he wrote a song a week). Along with his singing, he would often write special material for the band. Stays with Benny Goodman and Bob Crosby followed. At first, Mercer worked as lyricist for other composers, but eventually he wrote both lyrics and music, although he never learned to read music or play an instrument .

Mercer had started writing lyrics by the time he was 15. He continued writing verse even as he pursued an acting career. After graduating from a Savannah, GA high school, Mercer came to New York City with the Savannah Little Theatre Group, which had entered an acting competition. One of his songs, "Out of Breath and Scared to Death of You," was used in the Garrick Gaieties in 1930. He joined the Paul Whiteman Orchestra as a vocalist. Whiteman introduced him to Hoagy Carmichael, they produced the 1933 hit "Lazybones." 1933 also saw Mercer's move to Hollywood where he started writing lyrics for Warner Brothers productions.

In the 1930's:

In the 1940's:

In 1942, he co-founded Capitol Records with Glen Wallichs and Buddy DeSylva. During WW2, he worked on many different Hollywood musicals. He gave a recording contract to Nat Cole, which greatly aided in Cole's career at a time when the nation was still racially divided.

In the 1950's:

He worked on still more movie musicals, and worked on the film DADDY LONG LEGS without a collaborator. He was the composer and lyricist for "Something's Gotta Give." He wrote both the words and music for the 1951 Broadway play TOP BANANA (Phil Silvers starred). Around 1955, he sold his interest in Capitol Records.

In the 1960's:

He collaborated with composer Henry Mancini in 1961 for the hits "Moon River," "The Days of Wine and Roses," as well as others.

"Life is What You Make It" was his last song, written in 1971, for the film KOTCH.

In 1975, Mercer was operated on for a brain tumor. He never recovered from the operation and died in 1976, at age 66. Only 3 songwriters have received Best Song Oscars, four different times, from the Academy of Motion Pictures - Mercer was the first of them.

Mercer had been a leading lyricist from the 1930's and remained active until his death in 1976. His output of over 1,000 songs made him, along with Irving Berlin and Oscar Hammerstein II, one of the most prolific songwriters of all time.

He is a member of the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

JOHNNY MERCER

by Ed Decker

Personal Information

Born John Herndon Mercer, November 18, 1909, in Savannah, GA.
Died of a brain tumor, June 25, 1976, in Los Angeles, CA
Married Ginger Meehan (a dancer), 1931; children: Amanda, John.

Career

Appeared as bit player on New York City stage, 1927; co-wrote first published song, "Out of Breath and Scared to Death," for Garrick Gaieties, 1930; began writing songs for RKO Pictures, 1935; appeared in films OLD MAN RHYTHM and TO BEAT THE BAND (both 1935); became emcee and featured vocalist for Paul Whiteman's Orchestra, late 1930s; became vocalist on Benny Goodman's Camel Caravan (radio show), c. 1938; co-wrote lyrics for first musical, Walk With Music, 1940; hosted own radio show, Johnny Mercer's Musical Shop, 1940s; co-founded Capitol Records, 1942.

Collaborated with many popular composers, including Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Jerome Kern, Richard Whiting, Harry Warren, Arthur Schwartz, Michel Legrand, Henry Mancini, and Jimmy Van Heusen; co-wrote hit songs for Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Glenn Miller, Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra and numerous others.

Memberships

American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP; director, early 1940s).

Awards

Academy awards for best song, 1946 (with Harold Warren), for "On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe," 1951 (with Hoagy Carmichael), for "In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening," 1961 (with Henry Mancini), for "Moon River," and 1962 (with Mancini), for "Days of Wine and Roses."

Johnny Mercer wrote lyrics or music for more than 1,000 songs in a career spanning nearly 50 years, making him one of the most successful songwriters of the twentieth century. One of the most versatile lyricists ever, he penned catchy words for everything from bouncy numbers ("Goody Goody") and mysterious mood setters ("That Old Black Magic") to romantic love songs ("Moon River").

During the 1930s and 1940s Mercer was also a popular singer who performed on a number of radio shows with top bands. He was a master at the business of music as well, as evidenced by his co-founding of the highly successful Capitol Records.

Well-turned Mercer phrases for such classics as "Too Marvelous for Words," "Hooray for Hollywood," "Fools Rush In," and scores of other songs have been forever locked into the memories of millions of listeners. Mercer also wrote memorable melodies for such songs as "I'm an Old Cowhand," "Dream," and "Something's Gotta' Give," composing them by using one finger on the piano because he couldn't read a note of music. Mercer was once quoted as saying that his songwriting success was due to his "feeling for tunes, no matter where they come from." This "feeling" helped him forge effective partnerships with a wide variety of composers over the years, among them Hoagy Carmichael, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Henry Mancini, Rube Bloom, and Michel Legrand. The long and distinguished list of performers who made hit songs of the words and melodies of Johnny Mercer includes Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Andy Williams, Peggy Lee, and Tony Bennett.

An unpublished ditty called "Sister Susie, Strut Your Stuff," written when he was 15, was Mercer's first known attempt at songwriting. His first desire was to be a star on the stage, and he joined a theater group in his hometown of Savannah, Georgia, while still a teenager. After his group won a one-act play competition in the Belasco Cup in New York City, Mercer decided to stay in New York and try to make it on Broadway. Mercer managed to land a few small parts during the late 1920s in VOLPONE, MARCO MILLIONS, and HOUSEPARTY. During this time, and on into the 1930s, he also worked at a music publishing company and continued his songwriting.

After auditioning for the GARRICK GAIETIES in 1929 without landing a part, Mercer offered his and Everett Miller's "Out of Breath and Scared to Death" to the show, and it was sung by Sterling Holloway. The song was a minor success but didn't create a demand for Mercer's other songs in the months that followed. He continued working at various jobs to support himself, including as a runner on Wall Street.

Mercer's singing helped him get on the fast track. After winning a contest for unknown singers staged by Paul Whiteman, one of the leading bandleaders of the time, Mercer was hired as a featured vocalist, emcee, and songwriter for Whiteman's orchestra. A key element of Mercer's popularity as a crooner was "a dry Southern drawl that gave his singing a distinctively good-natured character," according to The Oxford Companion to Popular Music.

Whiteman put his singer-songwriter in touch with Hoagy Carmichael, who at that time was having trouble writing a song. Mercer came to the rescue with his lyrics for "Lazybones," which became his first big hit. According to John S. Wilson in the New York Times, this song "drew on his Southern background in a way that was to prove effective throughout his career." Indeed, many of Mercer's most popular numbers had an easygoing, down-home charm that reflected his early years down South.

By 1934 Mercer was one of the most successful lyricists in the United States. His recorded duets with Jack Teagarden--Whiteman's jazz trombonist--led to an offer from RKO Pictures in 1935 to write songs, as well as sing and act in movies. Mercer's movie star potential, however, proved to be dim, and he would only appear in two films. However, his songwriting fame soared, thanks to Bing Crosby who sang a number of his songs in the 1936 film RHYTHM ON THE RANGE.

Mercer's popularity with movie fans grew throughout the 1930s with tunes such as "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," "Jeepers Creepers," and "Love Is Where You Find It." After co-writing songs with Richard Whiting for HOLLYWOOD HOTEL, a 1937 film featuring Benny Goodman's orchestra, Mercer became a singer on Goodman's Camel Caravan radio show. He also sang on radio with Bob Crosby's orchestra. His steady climb up the musical ladder in the early 1940s led to hosting his own radio show, Johnny Mercer's Music Shop.

In 1940 Mercer collaborated with Hoagy Carmichael on his first musical, WALK WITH MUSIC, but the show had a very short 55 performance run on Broadway. Not content to merely add more popular songs to his resume, Mercer teamed up with businessman Glen Wallichs and songwriter-film producer Buddy de Sylva to found Capitol Records in 1942. It was not the best time to start a record company, since the shellac material used to make records was being rationed during World War II.  Starting by producing records pressed partly from recycled scrap records, the company's first ventures were Mercer's "Strip Polka", and Freddie Slack and Ella Mae Morse's " Cow-Cow Boogie." It wasn't long, however, before Capitol Records had signed up budding stars Stan Kenton, Jo Stafford, the King Cole Trio, and Margaret Whiting.  In 1946, with Mercer serving as president, the company sold 42 million records, one-sixth of the total record sales in the United States. Capitol was also the first record company to provide disk jockeys with free promotional records, as well as the first to utilize all three turntable speeds.

Broadway became fertile ground for Mercer in the 1940s. He contributed lyrics to Arlen's score for ST. LOUIS WOMAN In 1946 and Robert Emmett Dolan's TEXAS L'IL DARLIN' in 1949. He also won his first Academy Award, with composer Harry Warren, for "On the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe," sung by Judy Garland in THE HARVEY GIRLS. By the end of the 1940s Mercer had logged up over 250 published songs and nearly 60 hits.

Mercer showed no let-up in giving the public the songs they wanted in the 1950s, and he had his greatest success with musical shows during that period. He earned credits for both music and lyrics for 1951's TOP BANANA, which starred Phil Silvers, and he had major successes in collaborations with Gene DePaul on SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS in 1954 and L'IL ABNER in 1956. He also penned words to songs in the film Here's to My Lady, and two Fred Astaire vehicles, THE BELLE OF NEW YORK and DADDY LONG LEGS. A generous spirit was revealed by Mercer in 1959 when he received a song idea from Sadie Vimmerstedt, an Ohio cosmetician who sent him the line, "I want to be around to pick up the pieces when somebody's breaking your heart." After fashioning a song around the contribution, Mercer gave Vimmerstedt a co-author credit that earned her about $3000 a year after the song became a hit for Tony Bennett in 1963.

In the 1960s Henry Mancini proved another valuable songwriting partner for Mercer as the pair earned Academy awards for "Moon River" and "The Days of Wine and Roses." Mancini and Mercer also wrote songs for two other movies, THE GREAT RACE and DARLING LILI. Composer Andre Previn became yet another collaborator when Mercer shifted his base of operation to Britain for extended periods in the early 1970s, and the two teamed up for the musical THE GOOD COMPANIONS in 1974.

Mercer remained active right up to suffering a brain tumor in late 1975. His death marked the end of an incredible stretch of success in a business known for fleeting fame. A precious rarity in the music industry, Johnny Mercer managed to stay in style and continue stirring listeners through four decades of continually evolving musical tastes.

Selected Discography

Compositions

Selected songs As lyricist "Too Marvelous for Words." "Ac-Cent- Tu-Ate the Positive." "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby." "On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe." "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening." "Goody Goody." "Moon River." "The Days of Wine and Roses." "Jeepers Creepers." "That Old Black Magic." "Fools Rush In." "Tangerine."

As composer and lyricist "Dream." "I'm an Old Cowhand." "Something's Gotta Give."

Selected musicals as lyricist (Co-writer of lyrics) Walk With Music, 1940. (With Harold Arlen) St. Louis Woman, 1946. (With Robert Emmett Dolan) Texas L'il Darlin', 1949. (And composer) Top Banana, 1951. (With Gene DePaul) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 1954. (With DePaul) L'il Abner, 1956. (With Robert Emmett Dolan) Foxy, 1964. (With Andre Previn) The Good Companions, 1974.

Sources

Books Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Volume 2, edited by Colin Larkin, Guinness, 1992. Halliwell, Leslie, Halliwell's Film Guide, seventh edition, Harper & Row, 1990. Katz, Ephraim, The Film Encyclopedia, Harper & Row, 1979. Oxford Companion to Popular Music, edited by Peter Gammond, Oxford University Press, 1991. Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music, edited by Donald Clarke, Viking, 1989. Periodicals Cosmopolitan, April 1946. New York Times, June 26, 1976. Newsweek, January 29, 1945. Los Angeles Magazine, September 1992. Reader's Digest, June 1991. Spin, November 1992. Stereo Review, June 1988.

~~ Ed Decker

Highly recommend is a CD of Johnny Mercer singing a number of the songs for which he wrote the lyrics called AN EVENING WITH JOHNNY MERCER recorded at the 92nd Street Y in New York in 1972 as part of their Lyrics and Lyricists series. If you have Real Audio, click here for a 60-second excerpt including a little bit of I'M AN OLD COWHAND and BOB WHITE.

If you have Real Audio, you may be interested in these songs Johnny Mercer recorded (not all of which he wrote):

1944	ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE 
	AFFABLE BALDIN' ME
	AFTER TWELVE O'CLOCK
	AFTERBEAT
	AH LOVES YA
	AIN'T NATURE GRAND
1941    AIR MINDED EXECUTIVE
1941	ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
	AND SO TO BED
1939	AND THE ANGELS SING
	ANGELS CRIED, THE
	ANTONIA
1946	ANY PLACE I HANG MY HAT IS HOME
	ARIANE
	ART OF CONVERSATION
1942	ARTHUR MURRAY TAUGHT ME DANCING IN A HURRY
	AS LONG AS YOU LIVE
	AT LAST
	AT THE JAZZ BAND BALL
1950	AUTUMN LEAVES 
	BABY DOLL
	BABY, DON'T YOU QUIT NOW
	BABY O
	BABY'S BORN
	BACHELOR DINNER SONG
	BALLAD OF ALVAREZ KELLY, THE
	BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
	BATHTUB RAN OVER AGAIN
	BE MY GUEST
	BELLS OF HONOLULU
	BENEATH THE CURTAIN
	BERNARDINE
	BIG BEAUTIFUL BALL
1950	BIG MOVIE SHOW IN THE SKY
1961	BILBAO SONG
	BITTERSWEET
	BLESS YORE BEAUTIFUL HIDE
		BLOSSOM
	BLUE RAIN
	BLUES IMPROVISATION
	BLUES IN THE NIGHT 
1937	BOB WHITE
1964	BON VIVANT
	BOYS WILL BE BOYS
	BRIDE'S WEDDING DAY SONG, A
	BUONA FORTUNA
	C'EST LA GUERRE
	CAKEWALK YOUR LADY
	CALYPSO SONG
	CAMARADERIE
	CAMINO (EL)
	CAMPTOWN RACES
	CAN'T TEACH MY OLD HEART
	CAPTAINS OF THE CLOUDS
	CARIBEES. THE
	CENTRAL PARK
	CERTAIN SMILE
1962	CHARADE
	CHIMNEY CORNER DREAM
	CHIN UP, STOUT FELLOW
	CINDERELLA
	CINDERELLA WALTZ, THE
	CINDY
1946	COME RAIN OR COME SHINE
	COMES THE REVOLUTION BABY
	CONFIDENTIALLY
	CONJURE MAN
	CONVERSATION WHILE DANCING
	CORN PICKIN
	COULD BE
	COUNTING OUR CHICKENS
1956	COUNTRY'S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS, THE
	COWBOY FROM BROOKLYN
	CREAM PUFF	
	CUCKOO IN THE CLOCK
	CURE	
	DADDY LONG LEGS	
	DANCING THROUGH LIFE	
1969    DARLING LILY
	DARN CLEVER THESE CHINESE
	DAY DREAMING ALL NIGHT LONG
1939	DAY IN DAY OUT
	DAYBREAK BLUES, THE
1962	DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES 
1942	DEARLY BELOVED
	DERRY DOWN DILLY
	DIG IT
	DIG YOU MOST
	DIXIE ISN'T DIXIE ANY MORE
1935	DIXIELAND BAND
	DOG EAT DOG
	DOG IS MAN'S BEST FRIEND
	DON'T THAT TAKE THE RAG OFF'N THE BUSH 
	DOWN IN THE VALLEY
	DOWN TO UNCLE BILL'S
	DOWN THROUGH THE AGES
1945	DREAM
	DREAM AWHILE
	DREAM PEDDLER'S SERENADE
	DRINKING AGAIN
	DURATION BLUES
1949	EARLY AUTUMN
	EASY STREET
	ECHOES
1935	EENY MEENY MEINY MO
	ELEVATOR SONG
1964	EMILY
	EMPTY TABLES
	EVERY SO OFTEN
	EVERYTHING HAPPENS TO ME
	EVERYTHING IS TICKETTY BOO
	EXERCISE YOUR PREROGATIVE
	FACTS OF LIFE
	FANCY FREE
1934	FARE THEE WELL TO HARLEM
	FINE THING
	FLEET'S IN, THE
	FOOL THAT I AM
1939	FOOLS RUSH IN
	FOREVER AMBER
	FOUNTAIN IN THE RAIN
1972	FRAZIER
	FREE AN EASY
1944	G.I. JIVE
1959	GAME OF POKER
	GARDEN OF THE MOON
	GENERAL BULLMOOSE
	GEORGIA, GEORGIA
	GET A HORSE
	GETTING A MAN
	GHOST OF LOVE
1938	GIRL FRIEND OF THE WHIRLING DIRVISH
	GIRL IN NO MAN'S LAND
	GIRL OF ALL NATIONS
1952	GLOW-WORM
1974	GOOD COMPANIONS
	GOIN' CO'TIN'
1936	GOODY GOODY 
	GOOSE NEVER BE A PEACOCK
	GOT TO WEAR YOU OFF
	GOTTA GET SOME SHUT EYE
	GREAT GUNS
	GUITAR COUNTRY
	HANG ON TO YOUR LIDS, KIDS
	HANGIN' LOOSE
	HAPPY BACHELOR
1971	HAPPY EVERY AFTER
1948	HARLEM BUTTERFLY
	HARVEY THE VICTORY GARDEN
	HAVE A HEART
	HAVE A NICE DAY
	HAVE YOU GOT ANY CASTLES, BABY?
	HAVE YOU HEARD
	HAVIN' A BALL
	HAYRIDE
	HE'S DEAD BUT HE WON'T LIE DOWN
	HE SHOULDN'T A'HADN'T A OUGHT TO
	HEART OF MINE, CRY ON
	HELLO OUT THERE, HELLO
	HERE COME THE BRITISH
	HERE COME THE WAVES
1951	HERE'S TO MY LADY
	HIGH LOU JACK AND THE GAME
	HISTORY OF THE BEAT
1942	HIT THE ROAD TO DREAMLAND
	HOLY SMOKE, CANT YA TAKE A JOKE
1938	HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD
1939	HOORAY FOR SPINACH
	HOOTIN' OWL TRAIL
	HOPING
	HORSESHOES ARE LUCKY
	HOW DO YOU SAY AUF WIEDERSEIN
1944	HOW LITTLE WE KNOW
	HOWDY, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
	HOWDY, STRANGER
	I CAN SPELL BANANA
	I COULD KISS YOU FOR THAT
	I DON'T WANNA BE ALONE
	I DON'T BELIEVE IN SIGNS
	I FEEL MY LUCK COMIN' DOWN
	I FOUGHT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
	I GOT OUT OF BED ON THE WRONG SIDE
	I GUESS IT WAS YOU ALL ALONG
	I HAD MYSELF A TRUE LOVE
	I LIKE MEN
	I NEVER KNEW
	I NEVER SAW A BETTER NIGHT
	I NEVER WANNA LOOK
	I PROMISE YOU
	I REMEMBER YOU
	I SAW HER AT EIGHT O'CLOCK
1939	I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU 
	I WALK WITH MUSIC
	I WANNA BE A DANCIN' MAN
1962	I WANNA BE AROUND
	I WANNA BE IN LOVE AGAIN 
	I WIND UP TAKING A FALL
	I WISH I HAD SOMEONE LIKE YOU
	I WISH IT COULD BE OTHERWISE
1946	I WONDER WHAT BECAME OF ME
	I'D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE
	I'LL BE RESPECTABLE
	I'LL CRY TOMORROW
1969	I'LL GIVE YOU THREE GUESSES
	I'LL NEVER FORGIVE MYSELF
	IF I COULD HAVE MY WAY
	IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS
1956	IF I HAD MY DRUTHERS
	IF SOMEDAY COMES EVER AGAIN
	IF YOU BUILD A BETTER MOUSETRAP
	IF YOU COME THROUGH
	IF YOU WERE MINE
	I'LL DREAM TONIGHT
1936	I'M AN OLD COWHAND 
	I'M BUILDING UP TO AN AWFUL LETDOWN
	I'M DOIN' IT FOR DEFENSE
	I'M HAPPY ABOUT THE WHOLE THING
	I'M LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER
1942	I'M OLD FASHIONED 
	I'M SHADOWING YOU
	I'M WAY AHEAD OF THE GAME
	I'M WITH YOU
	IN A MOMENT OF WEAKNESS
	IN MY WILDEST DREAMS
	IN SOCIETY
1951	IN THE COOL COOL COOL OF THE EVENING
	IN THE VALLEY
	IN WAIKIKI
	INDIAN SUMMER
	IT HAD BETTER BE TONIGHT
	IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
	IT'S A NUISANCE 
	IT'S A TYPICAL DAY
	IT'S' GREAT TO BE ALIVE
	IT'S A GREAT BIG WORLD
1946	IT'S A WOMAN'S PREROGATIVE
	I'VE GOT A HEARTFUL OF MUSIC
	I'VE GOT A ONE TRACK MIND
	I'VE GOTTA BE ON MY WAY
	I'VE HITCHED MY WAGON TO A STAR
1936	JAMBOREE JONES
1938	JEEPERS CREEPERS
	JEZEBEL
	JO JO, THE CANNIBAL KID
	JOANNA
1956	JUBILATION T. CORNEPONE
	JUNE BRIDE
	JUNE COMES AROUND EVERY YEAR
	JUST A FAIR WEATHER FRIEND
	JUST A QUIET EVENING
	JUST ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS
	JUST FOR TONIGHT
	JUST LIKE A FALLING STAR
	JUST REMEMBER
	JUST THE LETTER Q
	KEEPER OF MY HEART, THE
	KISS FROM YOU
	LADY ON THE TWO CENT STAMP
	LALITA
	LAST DREAM HOME, THE
1945	LAURA
	LAWD, I GIVE YOU MY CHILDREN
1933	LAZYBONES
1947	LAZY MOOD
	LEAST THAT'S MY OPINION
	LEAVIN' TIME
	LEGALIZE MY NAME
	LEGEND OF OLD CALIFORNIA
	LET THAT BE A LESSON TO YOU
	LET'S TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME
	LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT
	LIGHTS OF HOME, THE
	LIKE THE FELLA ONCE SAID
	LI'L AUGIE IS A NATURAL MAN
	LITTLE ACORNS
1969	LITTLE BIRDS
	LITTLE BOAT
	LITTLE MAN WITH THE HAMMER
	LITTLE OL 'TUNE
	LITTLE OLD CROSSROAD STORE
	LOCA ILLUSION
	LOCK THE BARN DOOR
	LONESOME POLECAT
	LONG GOODBYE THE
	LONGING
	LOOK AT YOU
	LORNA
	LOST
	LOT IN COMMON WITH YOU, A
	LOVE HELD LIGHTLY
	LOVE IN A HOME
1957	LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON
	LOVE IS A MERRY GO ROUND
	LOVE IS ON THE AIR TONIGHT
	LOVE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT
	LOVE OF MY LIFE
	LOVE SONG
	LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER
	LOVE WOKE ME UP
	LULLABY
	MAKE WITH THE KISSES
	MAN IN MY LIFE
	MAN OF THE YEAR THIS WEEK
	MAN'S FAVORITE SPORT
1942	MANDY IS TWO
	MARCH OF THE DOAGIES
	MARDI GRAS (WHILE WE DANCED)
	MATADOR
	MATRIMONIAL STOMP
	ME AND THE GHOST UPSTAIRS
	MEANT TO TELL YUH
	MEDIUM COULDN'T GET THROUGH, THE
	MEET MISS AMERICA
	MEET MISS BLENDO
	MEMORIES WILL LINGER
	MEN WHO RUN THE COUNTRY
	MERCER'S MELODY
	MERRY GO ROUND IN THE RAIN
	MEXICAN MOON
1954	MIDNIGHT SUN
	MIRROR MIRROR MIRROR
1940	MISTER MEADOWLARK
	MISTER POLLYANNA
	MOMENT TO MOMENT
	MONEY ISN'T EVERYTHING
	MONTH OF SUNDAYS, A
	MOON COUNTRY (IS HOME TO ME)
	MOON DREAMS
1961	MOON RIVER
	MOONLIGHT ON THE CAMPUS
	MOONLIGHT WALTZ
	MORNING STAR
	MUSICAL CHAIRS
	MUTINY IN THE NURSERY
	MY ADVENTURE
	MY HOME IS IN MY SHOES
	MY INAMORATA
	MY INTUITION
	MY MAMMA THINKS I'M A STAR
1976	MY NEW CELEBRITY IS YOU
	MY NIGHT TO HOWL
	MY OLD MAN
1943	MY SHINING HOUR
1956	NAMELY YOU
	NAUGHTY BUT NICE
	NAVY BLUES
	NAVY SONG, THE
	NIGHT OVER SHANGHAI
	NILE, THE 
	NINE THORNY THICKETS
	NOT FOR SALE
	NOT MINE
	NOT WITH MY WIFE YOU DON'T
	OH HAPPY DAY
	OH WHAT A HORSE WAS CHARLIE
	OH YOU KID
	OKAY FOR T V
	OLD AUNT KATE
	OLD GLORY
	OLD GUITARON
	OLD KING COLE
	OLD MAN RHYTHM
1933	OLD MUSIC MASTER
	OLD ROB ROY
	OLD SKIPPER
1946	ON THE ATCHISON TOPEKA AND SANTA FE
1940	ON BEHALF OF THE VISITING FIREMEN
	ON THE BEAM
1935	ON THE NODAWAY ROAD
1942	ON THE SWING SHIFT
	ON WITH THE DANCE
1943	ONE FOR MY BABY
	ONE STEP TWO STEP
1962	ONCE UPON A SUMMERTIME
	ONLY IF YOU'RE IN LOVE
	OOH WHAT YOU SAID
	OOPS
1930	OUT OF BREATH
1945	OUT OF THIS WORLD
	PALSY WALSY
1934	PARDON MY SOUTHERN ACCENT
	PARKS OF PARIS
	PARTING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW
	PAST MY PRIME
	PEEKABOO TO YOU
	PERSON TO PERSON
	PETER PIPER
	PETTICOAT HIGH
	PHONE CALL TO THE PAST
	PHONY KING OF ENGLAND
	PINE TOP BOOGIE
	PINEAPPLE PETE
	PINEY WOODS, THE
	PIPES OF PAN, THE
	PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY
	POLITICS
	POOR MIRIAM
	POOR MR CHISOLM
	PROGRESS IS THE ROOT OF OF ALL EVIL
	PROPAGANDA
1934	P.S. I LOVE YOU
	PUT 'EM BACK THE WAY THEY WERE
	RAILROAD FIGHT, THE
	RAINY NIGHT
	RAISE A RUCKUS TONIGHT
	RED APPLE
	REMEMBER DAD
	REMEMBER DAD ON MOTHER'S DAY
	RIDE 'EM COWBOY 
	RIDE, TENDERFOOT, RIDE
	RIDIN' ON THE MOON
	RIFFIN' THE SCOTCH
	ROCK IN A WEARY LAND
	ROCKY MOUNTAIN MOON
	ROSIE
1939	RUMBA JUMPS, THE
	RUN, RUN, RUN, CINDERELLA
	SAD LITTLE RAIN OF CHINA
	SALUD
	SANS SOUCI
	SANTA CLAUS CAME IN THE SPRING
	SARATOGA
	SATAN'S LI'L LAMB
1953	SATIN DOLL 
	SAY IT WITH A KISS
	SAYS WHO, SAYS YOU, SAYS I
	SEEING'S BELIEVING
	SENTIMENTAL AND MELANCHOLY
	SEVEN LITTLE STEPS TO HEAVEN
	SHAKE IT BUT DON'T BREAK IT
	SHARP AS A TACK
	SHOOBY DOOIN'
	SHORTY GEORGE, THE
	SHOW YOUR LINEN, MISS RICHARDS
	SIGHS
	SILHOUETTED IN THE MOONLIGHT
	SIMPATICO
	SING, YOU SON OF A GUN
	SINGING IN THE MOONLIGHT
	SINGING MARINE
	SINGLE O
1969	SKAL
1942	SKYLARK
	SLEEP PEACEFUL
	SLUEFOOT
	SMALL FRY
	SMARTY PANTS
1969	SMILE AWAY EACH RAINY DAY
1953	SOBBIN' WOMEN
1957	SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE
	SOMETHING TELLS ME
1953	SONG OF INDIA
	SONG OF LONG AGO, THE
	SORRY
	SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT, THE
	SOUTH WIND
1932	SPRING IS IN MY HEART AGAIN
1953	SPRING, SPRING, SPRING
	SPRING REUNION
	SQUARE DANCE
	SQUARE OF THE HYPOTENUSE
	ST. LOUIS WOMAN
	STAR SOUNDS
	STRAWBERRY LANE
1942	STRIP POLKA
1965	SUMMER WIND 
	SWEATER, A SARONG AND A PEEK-A-BOO
	SWEET LITTLE LADY NEXT DOOR
	SWEETHEART TREE
	SWING INTO SPRING
	SWING IS THE THING, THE
	SWING YOUR PARTNER ROUND
	TAILGATE RAMBLE
	TAKE A CRANK LETTER
	TALK TO ME, BABY 
	TALUV
1942	TANGERINE
	TECHNIQUE
	TEMPORARILY
	TENDER LOVING CARE
	TEXAS LI'L DARLIN''
	THANKSGIVING
1942	THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC
	THAT'S FOR SURE
	THERE'S ROOM ENOUGH FOR US
	THERE'S A SUNNY SIDE TO EVERY SITUATION
	THERE'S A FELLOW WAITING
	THERE'S A RING AROUND THE MOON
	THERE'S NOTHING LIKE COLLEGE
	THESE ORCHIDS
	THIS LITTLE WHILE
	THIS TIME THE DREAM'S ON ME
	THREE GUESSES
	THUMBIN' A RIDE
	TIME MARCHES ON
	TIME TO SMILE
	TING-A-LING, THE BAD HUMOR MAN
	TOMORROW NEVER COMES
	TONIGHT MAY HAVE TO LAST ME
1937	TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS 
1951	TOP BANANA
1969	TREES
1943	TRAV'LIN' LIGHT
	TRULY
	TWILIGHT WORLD
	TWO HEARTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE
	TWO OF A KIND - Click here for a 30-second sample.
	UNNECESSARY TOWN
	WAIT AND SEE
	WAIT FOR THE WAGON
	WAIT NO MORE
1941	WAITER, AND THE PORTER AND THE UPSTAIRS MAID, THE
	WALKIN' WITH MY SHADOW
	WAY BACK IN 1939 A D
	WAY TO A MAN'S HEART, THE
	WEDDING IN THE SPRING
1938	WEEKEND OF A PRIVATE SECRETARY
	WELCOME, EGG HEAD
	WELCOME, STRANGER
	WE'RE WORKING OUR WAY THROUGH COLLEGE
	WHAT'LL THEY THINK OF NEXT
	WHAT WAS YOUR NAME IN THE STATES?
	WHAT WILL I DO WITHOUT YOU?
	WHATCHA MA CALL IT
1934	WHEN A WOMAN LOVES A MAN
	WHEN I'M OUT WITH THE BELLE OF NEW YORK
	WHEN OCTOBER GOES
	WHEN SALLY WALKS ALONG
	WHEN THE MEADOW WAS BLOOMIN'
	WHEN WE RIDE ON MERRY GO ROUND
1951	WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG
	WHEN YOU HEAR THE TIME SIGN
	WHEN YOU'RE IN LOVE
	WHISTLING AWAY THE DARK
	WHO'S EXCITED
	WHOOPIN' AND A'HOLLERIN'
	WHY FIGHT THIS
	WIDE PLACE IN THE ROAD
	WILD WILD WEST
	WINDMILL UNDER THE STARS
	WINDOWS OF PARIS
	WINGS OVER THE NAVY
	WITH MY LOVER BESIDE ME
	WITH YOU WITH ME
	WOMAN'S WORK IS NEVER DONE
	WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL DAY
	WORD A DAY, A
1932	WOULD'JA FOR A BIG RED APPLE?
	YODEL BLUES
	YOGI WHO LOST HIS WILL POWER
	YOU
	YOU AND YOUR LOVE
	YOU CAN'T RUN AWAY FROM IT
	YOU FOR ME
	YOU GOTTA HAVE A SLOGAN 
1939	YOU GROW SWEETER AS YEARS GO BY
	YOU HAVE TAKEN MY HEART
	YOU KNOW YOU DON'T WANT ME
1938	YOU MUST HAVE BEEN A BEAUTIFUL BABY
	YOU OR NO ONE
	YOU'RE SO BEAUTIFUL
	YOU'VE GOT SOMETHING THERE
1942	YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER
1969	YOUR GOOD WILL AMBASSADOR
	YOUR HEART AND MINE
	YOUR MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM
	YOU'RE A NATURAL
	YOU'RE THE ONE FOR ME
	YOU'VE GOT ME THIS WAY
	YOU'VE GOT ME WHERE YOU WANT ME


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