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Johnny Mercer At 100

Afterglow honors the centennial of one of America's greatest songwriters.

Johnny Mercer

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"Johnny Mercer: The Capitol Collectors Series"

Jazz it up for songwriter Johnny Mercer, born on November 18, 1909 in Savannah, Georgia. I pay tribute to him on my weekly jazz/ballads/American-popular-song program, Afterglow, with Too Marvelous With Words: Johnny Mercer, America’s Poet Laureate. The show features a broad survey of Mercer’s songs, as well as an interview with Afterglow founding host and Mercer devotee, Dick Bishop.

Next week’s Afterglow will take a look at Mercer’s collaborations with Hoagy Carmichael, another composer who girded his laid-back, rural charm with sophisticated songsmithing.

For some of Mercer’s great, jazzy vocal work, check out the earlier Afterglow program The Songwriter Sings: Johnny Mercer.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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