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