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(Lees Gene). "Moon River" "Laura" "Skylark" "That Old Black Magic" "One for My Baby" "Accentuate the Positive" "Satin Doll" "Days of Wine and Roses" "Something's Gotta Give"--the honor roll of Johnny Mercer's songs is endless. Both Oscar Hammerstein II and Alan Jay Lerner called him the greatest lyricist in the English language and he was arguably the best-loved American lyricist of his generation. But Mercer was also a complicated and private man. A scion of an important Savannah family that had lost its fortune he became a successful Hollywood songwriter (his primary partners were Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern) but was forever nostalgic for his idealized childhood (with his "huckleberry friend"). A gentleman a nasty drunk funny tender melancholic tormented--he was a man much admired and liked but never really understood. In critic and songwriter Gene Lees Mercer has his perfect biographer. Lees's highly personal examination of Mercer's life is sensitive as only the work of a lifelong friend could be to the conflicts in Mercer's nature. And it is filled with insights into Mercer's work that could come only from a fellow lyricist. A poignant candid revelatory portrait of Johnny.

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