The Capitol Collectors Series

The Capitol Collectors Series

by Johnny Mercer


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Today we know Johnny Mercer mainly as the genius songwriter from Savannah, GA, and perhaps tend to forget that he was also one of the most prolific hitmaking singers of the 1940s. This excellent compendium of his hit singles, plus a pair of his most famous songs ("Blues in the Night" and "One for My Baby") from 78 rpm albums, will definitely give you the idea. Though not the owner of an overpowering, world-beating voice -- to his everlasting and needless regret -- Mercer had his own Southern hipster charm, with slippery grace-notes and swinging turns of phrase that any jazzer would envy. An irony for today's audience is that many of Mercer's biggest hits here -- "Candy," "Personality," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" -- were not written by him, for he truly was a recording star in his own right and not merely a songwriter out to plug his own material. Paul Weston dresses up most of the charts in period big-band garb, decorated with tasty streaks of strings; the Pied Pipers chirp away most of the time, and Benny Goodman's Orchestra and the King Cole Trio chip in on a track apiece. These records are completely saturated in World War II, GI jivey, moon-June, sentimental atmosphere that place them precisely in their time -- and as such, they generate gobs of nostalgia. Informative liner notes, a thorough discography of these 20 sides, and reproductions of some of the original 78s and sheet music round out this appealing package.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/26/1989
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0077779212521
catalogNumber: 92125
Rank: 57256

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Mercer   Primary Artist,Vocals
Pied Pipers   Track Performer
Jo Stafford   Track Performer
Margaret Whiting   Track Performer
Alvino Rey   Track Performer
Nat King Cole   Track Performer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Danny Barker   Composer
Ron Furmanek   Producer
Johnny Mercer   Producer
Steve Kolanjian   Annotation
Denise Cox   Liner Notes
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Michael H. Goldsen   Composer
Joel Whitburn   Chart Information
Henry Jones   Composer

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