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In honor of the 95th anniversary of the birth of Johnny Mercer in November 2004, the Special Collections Department at Georgia State University, with the generous support of the Johnny Mercer Foundation, has upgraded and improved the Johnny Mercer Song Database.

The database includes over 1,400 published and unpublished songs with lyrics and/or music by Johnny Mercer (1909-1976). Information on almost 100 movies and more than 20 shows for which Mercer composed lyrics and/or music has also been added. Researchers and all those interested in the life and works of Johnny Mercer are welcome to use this site.

New Features of this Database

The Johnny Mercer Song Database provides the following information for each song

Brief entriesnew include:

  • the song title
  • the name(s) of the lyricist(s)
  • the name(s) of the composer(s)
  • the date

To view a sample brief entry, click here

Detailed entriesnew include:

  • the song title
  • alternative song title(s)new
  • the name(s) of the lyricist(s)
  • the name(s) of the composer(s)
  • the production (movie or show) for which the song was written or in which the song is heard (with links to information on the production, including complete lists of songs for each production)new
  • the date
  • the source(s) in which the song is cited
  • awardsnew
  • manuscript and print materials at Georgia State University (e.g., lyrics, published sheet music, sound recording)new
  • notesnew

To view a sample detailed entry, click here

The production field links to detailed information on movies and shows.

The movie links include:new

  • the date of the film
  • the studio
  • materials on the film at Georgia State University (e.g., VHS videotape, soundtrack)
  • a list of all the songs from the movie, with links to each individual song

To view a sample movie entry, click here

The show links include:new

  • the date of the show
  • original performance notes
  • materials on the show at Georgia State University (e.g., script, score, sound recordings)
  • a list of all the songs from the show, with links to each individual song

To view a sample show entry, click here

 

How To Use This Database

Users may either browse song titles alphabetically or search for a specific song using a keyword search. Keywords include:

  • words included in the song title
  • words included in the alternate title
  • date
  • lyricist or composer (first name followed by last name, or last name only)

To view a sample entry, click here

Researchers may also browse the shows or movies by title by clicking on the “shows” or “movies” link at the top of every page.

To browse shows, click here

To browse movies, click here

Citations

Citations of this database should be written as follows: Johnny Mercer Song Database (2004), Popular Music Collection, Special Collections Department, Georgia State University Library. Permission to use substantial portions of the database in publications must be obtained by applying to the Popular Music Archivist, Special Collections Department, Georgia State University Library, 100 Decatur St. SE, Atlanta, GA, 30303-3202

Corrections

Please submit additions or corrections to: Popular Music Archivist, Special Collections Department, Georgia State University Library, 100 Decatur St. SE, Atlanta, GA, 30303-3202; by Fax at 404-413-2881. Please include the source of information with submissions.

Acknowledgements

The Special Collections Department wishes to acknowledge the generous support of The Johnny Mercer Foundation in the completion of this project.

The database content was originally compiled by Jean-Louis Jacobs. This update was developed by Christine de Catanzaro, Mary McMahon Dawson, Vickie Lee, Doug Goans, Robert Tairas and Laura Botts.