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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge Playlist: November 13, 2013
On this week’s show we celebrated the life and works of Johnny Mercer, born on November 18, 1909, in Savannah, Georgia, who wrote the lyrics to more than 1,500, including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. During his career, he received 19 Academy Award nominations, and won four.
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1) “Jeepers Creepers” with music by Harry Warren, written for the 1938 movie: Going Places, sung in 1939 on the Camel Caravan radio show by Leo Watson, Martha Tilton Billie Holiday and Mr. Mercer on the monster CD Box Set: Lady Sings the Blues, accompanied by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra.
2) “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)” with music by Harold Arlen and sung by Fred Astaire in the 1943 Movie: The Sky’s the Limit, from the cinematic CD set: Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals.
3) “Per-so-naly-T” sung by Johnny Mercer but this particular song was actually composed by Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen for the 1946 Bob Hope & Bing Crosby movie: "The Road To Utopia" where it was originally sung by Dorothy Lamour, found on the mildly comedic collection: Music! Music! Music! For the Fun of It – Essential Collection.
4) “Come Rain or Come Shine” with music by Harold Arlen for the 1946 Broadway musical: St. Louis Woman, sung by Rosemary Clooney in 1956 accompanied by Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra taken from her anthemic anthology: Jazz Singer.
5) “I Remember You” with the music written by Victor Schertzinger for the 1942 movie: The Fleet’s In, in the 1955 version that can be found on the copacetic collection: The Best of Chet Baker Sings, featuring Chet Baker on Vocals and Trumpet; Russ Freeman on Piano and Carson Smith on Bass.
6) “Fools Rush In” with music composed by Rube Bloom in 1940, recorded in 1956 on the album: Russell Garcia’s Wigville Band, featuring Peggy Connelly on Vocals and Al Hendrickson on Guitar.
7) “Skylark,” with music by Hoagy Carmichael, was written in 1941 and the lyrics were supposedly about Mercer’s affair with Judy Garland. The song also inspired creation of the Buick car model of the same name. This 1950 version was sung by Mel Torme and was taken from his reliquacious retrospective: Sounds of the 20th Century – Love Me or Leave Me.
8) “Day In-Day Out,” the 1939 song with music by Rube Bloom recorded in 1964 by Ella Fitzgerald on The Johnny Mercer Songbook, with the orchestra arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle.
9) “Too Marvelous for Words,” the song composed by Richard Whiting with lyrics by Johnny Mercer for the 1937 movie: Ready, Willing and Able, performed by the Pianist and Vocalist Eliane Elias on her CD: Bossa Nova Stories, featuring her husband Marc Johnson on Bass and Paulo Braga on Drums and Percussion.
10) “Out of This World” with music by Harold Arlen for the 1945 Eddie Bracken-Veronica Lake movie of the same name, recorded by Mark Murphy on his 1961 LP: Rah, accompanied by Ray Barretto on Conga Drums and George Duvivier or Art Davis on Bass.
11) “My Love and I” composed by David Raksin and sung by Cassandra Wilson on the Sophisticated Ladies album by the Charlie Haden Quartet West, with Charlie Haden on Bass, Ernie Watts on Tenor Sax, Alan Broadbent on Piano and Rodney Green on Drums.
12) “Travelin' Light,” the 1942 song by Trummy Young and Jimmy Mundy with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, recorded by Sachal Vasandani on his CD: We Move, accompanied by Jeb Patton on Piano and David Wong on Bass.
13) “Autumn Leaves (Les Fueilles Mortes)” with the music composed by Joseph Kosma and the lyrics originally written by the French poet Jacques Prevert and later written in English by Johnny Mercer, sung by Karrin Allyson on her auspicious album: Collage, with Paul Smith on Piano, Rod Fleeman on Acoustic Guitar, Claude “Fiddler” Williams on Violin, Danny Embrey on Guitar; Bob Bowman on Bass and Todd Strait on Drums.
14) We finished with “Midnight Sun” from the LP: Carmen McRae Alive! recorded in 1965 at the Village Gate in New York, with Norman Simmons on Piano, Roy Bleckenstein on Flute, Joe Puma on Electric Guitar, Paul Breslin on String Bass, Frank Severino on Drums, and Jose Mangual on Bongo Drums. The music for this song was originally composed without lyrics by the jazz vibraphonist Lionel Hampton and Sonny Burke in 1947. The story is that Johnny Mercer heard it on his car radio while driving across the desert in 1954 from Palm Springs and pulled over immediately to write lyrics for it.