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John Herndon Mercer 1909 - 1976

Savannah's Native Son

 
 
John Herndon Mercer 1909 - 1976 Bench Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. John Herndon Mercer 1909 - 1976 Bench Marker
The second of two benches, 2003
Inscription. ( Caricature )
Johnny Mercer
Lyricist   Songwriter 
Co-founder of Capitol Records   Winner of 4 Academy Awards
Front Rim reads;
Ac-cent-tchu-ates The Positive - Autumn Leaves - Blues In The Night - Charade - Jeepers Creepers - Laura - Moon River - My Shining Hour - On The Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe

Back Rim reads;
Come Rain Or Come Shine - The Days Of Wine and Roses - Hooray For Hollywood - In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening - One For My Baby - Something's Gotta Give - That Old Black Magic - You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby
 
Erected 2003 by The Johnny Mercer Foundation.
 
Location. 32° 4.786′ N, 81° 5.473′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from Bull St. near E. Congress St., on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. SE corner of Johnson Square. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christ Church ( a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Christ Church ( within shouting distance of this marker); Washington’s Southern Tour
John Herndon Mercer 1909 - 1976 Bench, rear view image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 9, 2008
2. John Herndon Mercer 1909 - 1976 Bench, rear view
( within shouting distance of this marker); Johnson Square ( within shouting distance of this marker); Nathanael Greene Monument ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Public Store ( within shouting distance of this marker); City Plan of Savannah ( within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Johnson Square ( within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding John Herndon Mercer 1909 - 1976. an easily overlooked corner of Johnson Square, sits a marble bench, a new and dramatic symbol of one of Savannah's favorite sons. He received nineteen Academy Award nominations
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study marker shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Johnny Mercer. (Submitted on November 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Johnny Mercer Bench. Ac-cent-tchu-ates the Positive (Submitted on November 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Songs. Lyrics by Mercer, unless noted. He wrote many other songs, some of which
John Herndon Mercer 1909 - 1976 Bench at Savannah's Johnson Square image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 9, 2008
3. John Herndon Mercer 1909 - 1976 Bench at Savannah's Johnson Square
have entered the Great American Songbook: "Lazybones" (1933) (music by Hoagy Carmichael) • "P.S. I Love You" (1934) (music by Gordon Jenkins) • "Goody Goody" (1936) (music by Matty Malneck) • "I'm an Old Cowhand from the Rio Grande" (1936) • "Hooray for Hollywood" (1937) (music by Richard A. Whiting) • "Too Marvelous for Words" (1937) (music by Richard A. Whiting) • "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" (1938) (music by Harry Warren) • "Jeepers Creepers" (1938) (music by Harry Warren) • "And The Angels Sing" (1939) (music by Ziggy Elman) • "Day In, Day Out" (1939) (music by Rube Bloom) • "Wings Over the Navy" (1939) (music by Harry Warren)• "Fools Rush In" (1940) (music by Rube Bloom) • "Blues In The Night" (1941) (music by Harold Arlen) • "I Remember You" (1941) (music by Victor Schertzinger) • "Tangerine" (1941) (music by Victor Schertzinger) • "This Time the Dream's on Me" (1941) (music by Harold Arlen)• "Hit The Road To Dreamland" (1942) (music by Harold Arlen) • "That Old Black Magic" (1942) (music by Harold Arlen) • "Skylark" (1942) (music by Hoagy Carmichael) • "Dearly Beloved" (1942) (music by Jerome Kern) • "I'm Old Fashioned" (1943) (music by Jerome Kern) • "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" (1943) (music by Harold Arlen) • "Dream" (1943) (words and music by Johnny Mercer) • "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" (1944) (music by Harold
John Herndon Mercer 1909 - 1976 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. John Herndon Mercer 1909 - 1976 Marker
at the SE corner of Johnson Square
Arlen) • "Out of This World" (1945) (music by Harold Arlen) • "Laura" (1945) (music by David Raksin) • "Trav'lin' Light" (1946) (music by Jimmy Mundy and James Osborne "Trummy" Young) • "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home" (1946) (music by Harold Arlen) • "Come Rain Or Come Shine" (1946) (music by Harold Arlen) • "Autumn Leaves" (1947) (music by Joseph Kosma) • "Glow Worm" (1952) (music Paul Lincke) • "Satin Doll" (1953) (music by Duke Ellington) "Something's Gotta Give" (1954) (words and music by Johnny Mercer) • "Moon River" (1961) (music by Henry Mancini) • "Days of Wine and Roses" (1962) (music by Henry Mancini) • "Charade" (1963) (music by Henry Mancini) • "Lorna" (1964) {music by Mort Lindsey) • "Midnight Sun" (music by Lionel Hampton and Sonny Burke) • "Summer Wind" (1965) (music by Henry Mayer) • "Drinking Again" (with Doris Tauber) • "When October Goes" (music by Barry Manilow)• (Submitted on November 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyArts, Letters, MusicNotable Persons
 
John Herndon Mercer image. Click for full size.
5. John Herndon Mercer
The first John Herndon Mercer Bench near gravesite in Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery, 2002 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 17, 2008
6. The first John Herndon Mercer Bench near gravesite in Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery, 2002
DePue Monument Company engraved two marble benches, which were fabricated from Italian Carrara marble. Carrara is a small Tuscan city approximately 100 miles northwest of Florence, known for the white and blue-gray marble quarried there. Carrara marble has been used since the days of ancient Rome, and was involved in the construction of the Pantheon and Trajan’s Column. Michelangelo’s David was also carved out of Carrara marble. First bench (for Bonaventure Cemetery) in May 2002 and the second (for Johnson Square) in June 2002 engravings and the Johnson Square bench was officially completed in February 2003
John Herndon Mercer Grave, Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
7. John Herndon Mercer Grave, Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah
" And The Angels Sing "
 
 
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