Sings Personality

Sings Personality

by Johnny Mercer
     
 

The finest singer from among the half-dozen songwriting giants of American popular music, Johnny Mercer sang "Personality" with an exhibition of same so smiling and exuberant it became one of the most familiar performances of the century. (Ironically, it's not one of his own songs; Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van…  See more details below

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The finest singer from among the half-dozen songwriting giants of American popular music, Johnny Mercer sang "Personality" with an exhibition of same so smiling and exuberant it became one of the most familiar performances of the century. (Ironically, it's not one of his own songs; Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen actually wrote it.) During the war years, Mercer recorded dozens of crucial sides -- in the studio as well as on radio broadcasts -- along with his five other huge hits ("Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," "Candy," "G.I. Jive," "Strip Polka," "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"). Still, compilations of his material have usually been either stringently brief hit collections that never range very far afield or "songwriter" collections that included other performers' versions of his songs. Sings Personality is easily the best single-disc compilation of Mercer's singing brilliance ever offered, including all of his hits as well as over 20 more intriguing songs. The Savannah native excelled in a duet setting, notching hits with his fawning, can't-miss performance of "Small Fry" with Bing Crosby and "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Margaret Whiting. ASV/Living Era goes even deeper into the vault with more obscure co-billings like "My Baby Likes to Be-Bop" with Nat King Cole, "Christmas Night in Harlem" with Jack Teagarden, and "Friendship" with Judy Garland. When major labels neglect the catalogues of traditional pop's most talented artists, specialty labels often gain an opportunity to present great music, and Sings Personality is one of the most splendid examples.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/2002
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625543025
catalogNumber:
5430

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Tracks

  1. Lazy Bones
  2. Christmas Night in Harlem
  3. Small Fry
  4. Mr. Crosby and Mr. Mercer
  5. Cuckoo in the Clock
  6. Show Your Linen, Miss Richardson
  7. Friendship
  8. Strip Polka
  9. They Didn't Believe Me
  10. The Old Music Master
  11. G.I. Jive
  12. Blues in the Night
  13. AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  14. Candy
  15. On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
  16. A Gal in Calico
  17. Personality
  18. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
  19. Winter Wonderland
  20. Zip a Dee Doo Dah
  21. Huggin' and a Chalkin'
  22. Sugar Blues
  23. My Baby Likes to Be-Bop
  24. Hooray for Love
  25. Baby, It's Cold Outside
  26. She's Shimmyin' on the Beach Again

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Mercer   Primary Artist
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Vocals
Nat King Cole   Piano,Vocals
Phil Silvers   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Paul Whiteman Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Victor Young & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Nat King Cole & His Trio   Band

Technical Credits

Johnny Mercer   Arranger
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes
Martin Haskell   Remastering

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