Lazybones,with music by Hoagy Carmichael. Two years later he moved to Hollywood, where he wrote lyrics for numerous musicals and other movies. During his long career Mercer collaborated with many composers, including Harold Arlen, Harry Warren, Jimmy McHugh, Jerome Kern, Vincent Youmans, and Marvin Hamlisch, writing the words for such classics as
Hooray for Hollywood(1937),
Blues in the Night(1941),
One for My Baby(1943), and
Come Rain or Come Shine(1946). He was nominated for 18 best-song Oscars and won four times, including for
Moon Riverin 1961 and
Days of Wine and Rosesin 1962, both with music by Henry Mancini. Mercer cofounded (1942) Capitol Records.
See biographies by P. Furia (2003) and G. Lees (2004); R. Kimball, B. Day, M. Kreuger, and E. Davis, ed., The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer (2009).
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