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Johnny Mercer, The Singer-Songwriter

"Blues In The Night," "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive," and many others written and performed by Johnny Mercer.


Photo: William P. Gottlieb Collection - Library of Congress

Johnny Mercer was one of the finest lyricists from the Great American Songbook, and he often performed his own songs himself.

This week on the show, we continue our look at jazz’s finest singer-songwriters by turning to Mr. Johnny Mercer from Savannah, G-A, the lyricist responsible for such tunes as “Blues In The Night,” “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” and “Moon River.” Mercer was equally accomplished as a composer and a singer, performing dozens of hit singles for Capitol Records in the 1940s, a record company that he co-founded in 1942. This hour, we’ll hear the songwriter performing his own tunes.

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Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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