Mercer, Johnny (1909-1976)
Scope:
The Johnny Mercer collection consists of manuscripts, sheet music, and other items.

Manuscripts by Mercer in the collection include a draft of Beauty from Ashes, a musical play, as well as handwritten and typed lyrics for a few songs. Also present is a draft of the script for The Good Companions, a musical by Ronald Harwood (adapted from the novel by J. B. Priestley) for which Mercer wrote the lyrics.

Other manuscripts in the collection include The Music and Lyrics of Johnny Mercer, compiled by William Rhodes (1979); Johnny Mercer: Resources for the Study of an American Lyricist, a Master’s thesis by Leonora Gidlund (1984); and a list of Mercer’s published songs.

Sheet music in the collection consists of seventeen songs with lyrics and / or music by Mercer. They were written between 1939 and 1973.

Other material in the collection includes photographs of Mercer; several newspaper clippings about him (1967-1973); and a souvenir brochure from a production of The Good Companions .
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Notable Figures
1. Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976
Associated Subjects
1. Music Collections Subject Guide