Various Artists

American Songbook Series: Johnny Mercer

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The Smithsonian album American Songbook Series: Johnny Mercer is a great various-artists compilation of some of Mercer's best lyrics. The Huckleberry singer himself sings "Bob White," while interpretations from such luminaries as Judy Garland, Mel Tormé, Billie Holiday, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Jo Stafford, Dinah Shore, Louis Armstrong, and others are included. With over 1,500 songs to hear, this album is as good an introduction to his catalog as any, with such hits as "Glow Worm," "Hooray for Hollywood," "Trav'lin' Light," "Hit the Road to Dreamland," and "Moon River" included. You can't go wrong picking up this album. The only negative is that there are so many other great Mercer songs and so many wonderful star musicians who sing them. Also check out Too Marvelous for Words, which is very similar in execution, with some repeated songs but by different musicians and some of the same musicians performing different songs.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:41
2 3:03
3 2:38
4 2:54
5 3:17
6 2:36
7 2:47
8 3:03
9 3:10
10 3:09
11 3:20
12 2:39
13 4:05
14 5:14
15 2:51
16 2:29
17 2:07
18 2:09
19 2:48
20 3:20
21 2:44
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