The Complete Johnny Mercer Songbook

The Complete Johnny Mercer Songbook


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One of the giants of American popular song gets his due with this three-disc Verve box, comprising a trio of separately released compilations. Though Mercer's repertoire of classic songs doesn't quite make for three discs, Verve ably solves the problem by pairing a vocal track and an instrumental version on separate discs, such as "Too Marvelous for Words" (by Joe Williams and Lester Young), "Laura" (by Billy Eckstine and Don Byas), "I Remember You" (by Dinah Washington and Charlie Parker) and "Come Rain or Come Shine" (by Anita O'Day and Bill Evans). Verve was the label for jazz vocals, and the combination of a classic songwriter and the roster here -- including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Tormé, Shirley Horn, and many others -- makes for an excellent compilation box.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/1998
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731455753929
catalogNumber: 557539

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Price   Drums
Bing Crosby   Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Beck   Guitar
Louie Bellson   Drums
Phil Bodner   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute
Bob Brookmeyer   Trombone
Gary Burton   Vibes
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Johnny Coles   Trumpet
Buddy Collette   Flute
Bob Cooper   Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Richard Davis   Bass
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet
Billy Eckstine   Vocals,Track Performer
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Bill Evans   Piano
Victor Feldman   Vibes
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals,Track Performer
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Erroll Garner   Piano,Track Performer
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Terry Gibbs   Vibes,Track Performer
Astrud Gilberto   Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Giuffre   Conductor
Gil Goldstein   Piano
Urbie Green   Trombone
Bobby Hackett   Trumpet
Haig   Piano
Chico Hamilton   Drums
Gene Harris   Piano
Joe Henderson   Tenor Saxophone
Woody Herman   Conductor,Vocals
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Shirley Horn   Vocals,Track Performer
Henry Johnson   Guitar
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Richie Kamuca   Tenor Saxophone
Roger Kellaway   Piano
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Rahsaan Roland Kirk   Reeds
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone
Lee Konitz   Soprano Saxophone,Track Performer
Steve Lacy   Soprano Saxophone
Cleo Laine   Vocals,Track Performer
Mel Lewis   Drums
Joe Lovano   Tenor Saxophone
Helen Merrill   Vocals,Track Performer
Red Mitchell   Bass
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Ted Nash   Tenor Saxophone
Art Pepper   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Perkins   Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Peterson   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Nat Pierce   Piano,Celeste
Buddy Rich   Drums,Vocals,Track Performer
Jerome Richardson   Reeds
Max Roach   Drums
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Bud Shank   Alto Saxophone
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone
Norman Simmons   Piano
Paul Smith   Piano
Willie Smith   Alto Saxophone
Steve Swallow   Bass
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Vocals,Track Performer
Mel Tormé   Vocals,Track Performer
Miroslav Vitous   Bass
Dinah Washington   Vocals,Track Performer
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Margaret Whiting   Vocals,Track Performer
Bob Wilber   Clarinet
Joe Williams   Vocals,Track Performer
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Buddy Clark   Bass
Carl Fontana   Trombone
Russell Garcia   Conductor
Chris Hunter   Clarinet,Flute,Oboe
Chuck Israels   Bass
Chubby Jackson   Bass
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Abe Most   Clarinet
Seldon Powell   Reeds
Gene Quill   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Ross   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Grady Tate   Drums
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Claude Williamson   Piano
Stu Williamson   Trumpet
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Buddy Bregman   Conductor
Pat Moran   Piano
Hal Mooney   Conductor
André Ceccarelli   Drums
Jack Green   Trombone
Bob Bain   Guitar
Si Zentner   Trombone
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Ken Kersey   Piano
Anita O'Day   Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Trummy Young   Trombone
Percy Heath   Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
Charlie Kennedy   Trombone
Porcino   Trumpet
Doug Allen   Vibes
Gene Allen   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Sue Allen   Vocals
Ray Alonge   French Horn
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals,Track Performer
John Audino   Trumpet
Joe Zawinul   Piano
Bob Badgley   Bass
Danny Bank   Flute,Bass Clarinet
John Bello   Trumpet
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Norman Benno   Oboe
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
George Berg   Reeds
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Track Performer
Dee Dee Bridgewater   Vocals,Track Performer
Ray Brown   Bass
Alfred Brown   Viola
Billy Byers   Trombone
James Buffington   French Horn
Larry Bunker   Drums
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Red Callender   Bass
Candido Camero   Conga
Roy Caton   Trumpet
John Cave   French Horn
Paul Chambers   Bass
Gene Cipriano   Woodwind
Kenny Clare   Drums
Joe Comfort   Bass
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Bert Courtley   Trumpet
Marshal Cram   Trombone
David Katz   Violin
Eric Dawson   Bass
Hein van de Geyn   Bass
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Bill Dowdy   Drums
Bob Edmondson   Trombone
Thierry Eliez   Piano
Kenneth Essex   Viola
Gil Evans   Piano,Conductor
Gilbert Falco   Trombone
Don Ferrara   Trumpet
Bill Frisell   Guitar
Frank Flynn   Vibes
Vernel Fournier   Drums
Vern Friley   Trombone
Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
Paul Gershman   Violin
Emanuel Green   Violin
Charlie Haden   Bass
Dick Hafer   Tenor Saxophone
Roy Haynes   Drums
Eugene "Fats" Heard   Drums
Belford Hendricks   Conductor
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Reeds
Milt Hinton   Bass
Dick Hixson   Trombone
Francis Howard   Trombone
John Howell   Trumpet
George Hughes   Drums
Frank Huggins   Trumpet
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet
Hilary James   Piano
Osie Johnson   Drums
Kathyrine Julye   Harp
Tom Kenny   Vocals
Gerryck King   Drums
Harry Klee   Flute
Joe Koch   Woodwind
Phil Kraus   Percussion
Joe Maini   Trombone
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Vito Mangano   Trumpet
Marty Paich   Celeste
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Dick Meldonian   Alto Saxophone
Kermit Moore   Cello
Paul Motian   Drums,Track Performer
George Mraz   Bass
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Jack Nimitz   Baritone Saxophone
Ginny O'Connor   Vocals
George Ockner   Violin
Gene Orloff   Violin
Bernie Parke   Vocals
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Romeo Penque   Reeds
Richard Perissi   French Horn
Max Pollikoff   Violin
George Price   French Horn
Alan Raph   Trombone
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Emil Richards   Percussion
George Roberts   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Aaron Rosand   Violin
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Margaret Ross   Harp
Wyatt Ruther   Bass
Tosha Samaroff   Violin
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals,Track Performer
Gene Schroeder   Piano
Schwartz   Woodwind
Wilbur Schwartz   Woodwind
Bobby Scott   Piano
George Seaberg   Trumpet
Tommy Shepard   Trombone
Shorty Sherock   Trumpet
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Art Simmons   Piano
Andy Simpkins   Bass
George "Harmonica" Smith   Clarinet
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Kirk Stuart   Piano
Tony Studd   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Ray Triscari   Trumpet
Bobby Tucker   Piano
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
Buster Williams   Bass
Phil Woods   Reeds
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Jack Zayde   Violin
Ronald Zito   Drums
Charlie Drayton   Bass
Wally Kane   Bassoon,Bass Clarinet
Johnny Pate   Conductor
Lee Fortier   Trumpet
George W. Smith   Clarinet
Sam Staff   Baritone Saxophone
Lloyd W. Hildebrand   Bassoon
Sonny Igoe   Drums
Gerry Mulligan & the Concert Jazz Band   Track Performer
Gil Evans Orchestra   Track Performer
Wynton Kelly Trio   Track Performer
Hal Mooney Orchestra   Track Performer
Carroll Lewis   Trumpet
Howard Terry   Bassoon
Gus Chappell   Trombone
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Maurice Stein   Reeds
Seymour Schoneberg   Oboe
Ken Wray   Trombone
Arno Marsh   Tenor Saxophone
Jim Decker   French Horn
Bill Clarke   Drums
Maynard Stein   Alto Saxophone
William Smith   Woodwind
Danny Levan   Violin
Paul Winter   Violin
David Lee   Piano
Raymond Clark   Cello
Paul E. West   Bass
William Hinshaw   French Horn
Belford Hendricks Orchestra   Track Performer
Terry Clarke   Drums

Technical Credits

Jimmy Giuffre   Arranger
Woody Herman   Composer,Producer
Bill Holman   Arranger
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Producer
Roger Kellaway   Arranger
Michel Legrand   Composer
Helen Merrill   Producer
Gerry Mulligan   Arranger
Norman Simmons   Arranger
Ralph Burns   Arranger,Composer
Russell Garcia   Arranger,Producer
Buddy Bregman   Arranger
Hal Mooney   Arranger
Jean-Philippe Allard   Producer
Norman Granz   Producer
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Gil Evans   Arranger
Dave Gelly   Liner Notes
Belford Hendricks   Arranger
Hilary James   Arranger
Marty Paich   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Harry Meyerson   Producer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Clyde Otis   Producer
Schwartz   Contributor
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Bob Shad   Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Jack Tracy   Producer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Stefan Winter   Producer
Johnny Pate   Arranger,Producer
Jesse Kaye   Producer
Martha Glaser   Producer
Brian Priestley   Liner Notes
Eddie Barclay   Composer
Miriam Cutler & Swing Street   Producer
Ron Berinstein   Producer
Sung Lee   Art Direction
Eddy Marnay   Composer
Francisco Donaruma   Contributor
Angele Vannier   Composer
Michel Philippe-Gérard   Composer

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