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Too Marvelous for Words: Capitol Sings Johnny Mercer
     

Too Marvelous for Words: Capitol Sings Johnny Mercer

 
Singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer was one of the founders of Capitol Records in the early '40s, so it's appropriate that he rates his own volume in the label's various-artists songbook compilation series of the 1990s (one that has already had discs devoted to Cole Porter and George Gershwin). As a lyricist

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Singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer was one of the founders of Capitol Records in the early '40s, so it's appropriate that he rates his own volume in the label's various-artists songbook compilation series of the 1990s (one that has already had discs devoted to Cole Porter and George Gershwin). As a lyricist working over a long career, Mercer provides a varied range of material for inclusion. This is a man who was setting words to 1930s swing hits like "And the Angels Sing," "Goody Goody," and "Satin Doll," and was still going strong in the 1960s, when he was writing movie themes like "Moon River" and "The Days of Wine and Roses" with Henry Mancini. In between, there were standards of the '40s such as "Blues in the Night" and "That Old Black Magic," and '50s favorites like "Autumn Leaves" and "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening." Capitol was devoted to singers, which allowed it to take advantage of the post-swing era of the late '40s and '50s when singers ruled. Tops among them was Frank Sinatra, a Capitol artist, who apparently didn't allow his recordings to be compiled on this sort of collection. But many other important singers are included, among them Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Dinah Shore, and Dean Martin. And Mercer himself pops in several times, as do a couple of his composer collaborators, Harold Arlen and Hoagy Carmichael. Although Mercer has an identifiable writing style, full of a self-invented Southern slang ("swingeroonie!," "my huckleberry friend"), his teaming with different sorts of composers allows for many different musical styles on this disc, making it one of the rangier volumes in the series.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/1991
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0077779679126
catalogNumber:
96791

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Goodman   Conductor
Billy May   Conductor
Gerald Wiggins   Conductor
Gerald Wilson   Conductor
Jack Marshall   Conductor
Alvino Rey   Conductor
Van Alexander   Conductor
Peter Matz   Conductor
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Dick Reynolds   Conductor
Dick Stabile   Conductor
Dean Elliot   Conductor

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Contributor
Harry James   Contributor
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Ziggy Elman   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
George Martin   Producer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Wayne Watkins   Compilation Supervisor
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Matty Malneck   Composer
Robert Risko   Illustrations
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Paul Lincke   Composer
Lilla C Robinson   Composer

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