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Johnny Mercer

Songwriter Johnny Mercer

Profession: Songwriter

United States of America

Why Famous: Co-founder of Capitol Records

Born: November 18, 1909
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: June 25, 1976 (aged 66)
Cause of Death: Brain cancer

Married Life

  • 1931-06-08 Songwriter Johnny Mercer (21) weds chorus girl Ginger Meehan in New York City

Historical Events

  • 1946-03-30 Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's musical "St Louis Woman", starring Pearl Bailey featuring the Nicholas Brothers, opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 113 performances
  • 1951-11-01 Johnny Mercer's "Top Banana" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 356 performances
  • 1956-11-10 Gene de Paul and Johnny Mercer's musical "Li'l Abner" premieres in NYC

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