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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 (Video short)
 2010 Rod Stewart: That Old Black Magic (Video short)
 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 "Dream", produced on Broadway). Musical revue. See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Print Biographies | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

John Mercer


Ginger Mehan  (his death)  (2 children)

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Personal Quote:

Hollywood was never much of a night town. Everybody had to get up too early... The movie people were in bed with the chickens (or each other) long before curfew. See more »


His Oscar loss in 1941 for writing the title song for Blues in the Night (1941) brought about a change in the Academy's rules governing Best Song nominations. The song that ended up winning, "The Last Time I Saw Paris" by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II , was not written for the movie it appeared in, Lady Be Good (1941), but was inserted in order to pay tribute to France's war effort. ... See more »

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