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Johnny Mercer (I) (1909–1976)

Johnny Mercer started his career as singer and songwriter for Paul Whiteman. He started writing songs for Hollywood in 1935, where he also had a few small parts in musicals. Among his famous songs is the inoffical anthem of Hollywood, "Hooray For Hollywood" that he wrote for the movie "Hollywood Hotel". He also had radio programs and made records,... See full bio »

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Won 4 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

The Hollywood Palace Self - Singer
Charade Soundtrack
Minority Report Soundtrack


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 2020 Au/Ra: Moon River (Music Video)
 2010 Rod Stewart: That Old Black Magic (Music Video)
 1992 The Best of Vecírek (music)
 1975 Paesano: A Voice in the Night (lyricist)
 1975 The Long Night (composer: song "Dream")
 1974 Christmas with the Bing Crosbys (TV Special) (additional lyrics by)
 1970 Darling Lili (lyricist)
 1967 Barefoot in the Park (lyrics: title song)
 1959 Li'l Abner (lyricist: songs)
 1958 Merry Andrew (lyricist)
 1955 Daddy Long Legs (words and music by)
 1954 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (lyrics by)
 1943 Riding High (additional songs by)
 1943/I The Sky's the Limit (lyrics by)
 1942 The Fleet's In (songwriter: lyricist)
 1940 You'll Find Out (lyrics by - as John Mercer)
 1939 Naughty But Nice (lyrics: songs)
 1938 Mr. Chump (lyrics: song)
 1937 Varsity Show (music and lyrics by)
 1935 To Beat the Band (lyrics: songs)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Wrote lyrics for songs used in "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood", produced on Broadway. Musical revue. See more »

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5 Print Biographies | 7 Articles | See more »

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John Mercer


Ginger Mehan  (his death)  (2 children)

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[on Tin Pan Alley from the 'twenties forward] Cole Porter is definitive of an era. He IS those years, you know? He is the style of all those shows, all that period. He represents it better than anybody else, better even than Kern or Berlin. Porter's so...thirties! See more »


Best known during WWII for his hit, "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive." He would become the premier lyricist in post-War America. See more »

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