Mercer Sings Mercer

Mercer Sings Mercer

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by Johnny Mercer
     
 

Johnny Mercer wasn't just one of the finest comic (and otherwise) songwriters in American pop history, he was also one of its finest singers -- and when he wasn't writing or singing, he found the time to produce and arrange for the label he'd founded, Capitol. The DRG compilation Mercer Sings Mercer unites all three (or fourSee more details below

Overview

Johnny Mercer wasn't just one of the finest comic (and otherwise) songwriters in American pop history, he was also one of its finest singers -- and when he wasn't writing or singing, he found the time to produce and arrange for the label he'd founded, Capitol. The DRG compilation Mercer Sings Mercer unites all three (or four) of these pursuits, with a set of 23 songs -- all of them sung, performed, and produced by Mercer (and all but one written by him). Although anyone scanning the track listing might think it a bit disposable for including plenty of hits, it should be noted that most of these are not the hit versions -- they're better than that. These versions are usually looser and more freewheeling than the hit versions, and they include excellent guests, like comedian Phil Silvers for a few lines on "Strip Polka," Wingy Manone on "The Tailgate Ramble," Jack Teagarden on "The Old Music Master," and Jo Stafford for several sides. Solid rarities ("Cindy Lou," "Conversation While Dancing" stand next to twists on his standards ("Strip Polka," "G.I. Jive") and although recording details would have been appreciated, Will Friedwald's lengthy notes explain each song's origins (session-wise and otherwise-wise). The net result is the best single-disc Johnny Mercer compilation, unless you just want a straight reading of his greatest hits (great as they are).

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471151428
catalogNumber:
91514
Rank:
10375

Tracks

  1. Strip Polka
  2. Air-Minded Executive
  3. The Old Music Master  -  Paul Whiteman Orchestra
  4. G.I. Jive
  5. Blues in the Night  -  Johnny Mercer & the Pied Pipers
  6. Jamboree Jones
  7. Dixieland Band
  8. On the Nodaway Road
  9. The Tailgate Ramble
  10. (Love's Got Me in A) Lazy Mood
  11. Duration Blues
  12. Conversation While Dancing
  13. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive  -  Johnny Mercer & the Pied Pipers
  14. On the Atchison, Topeka & The Sante Fe
  15. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
  16. Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home
  17. Li'l Augie Is a Natural Man
  18. Glow Worm
  19. Cindy Lou
  20. It's Great to Be Alive  - Johnny Mercer
  21. The Yodel Blues  - Johnny Mercer
  22. At the Jazz Band Ball  -  Ben Pollack & His Pick-A-Rib Boys
  23. Hello out There, Hello!

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Mercer   Primary Artist,Vocals

Technical Credits

Dean Martin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Maxine Sullivan   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Wingy Manone   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Hugh Fordin   Executive Producer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Paul Lincke   Composer
Lilla C Robinson   Composer
Charles Bates   Composer
Elizabeth Yoon   Art Direction
Robert E. Dolan   Composer

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