In the Words of Johnny Mercer

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Johnny Mercer

Johnny Mercer (arr. Ryan Nowlin)

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General Info

Year: 2017
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Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

The medley by Captain Nowlin begins with Pardon My Southern Accent, music composed in the early 1930s by Matt Malneck. Mercer’s comical lyrics embrace the southern drawl, reflecting his roots as a southern boy. Autumn Leaves was originally a French song composed by Joseph Kosma which Mercer wrote English lyrics for in 1947. This popular hit has been recorded by many artists, namely Nat King Cole, Eric Clapton, and pianist Roger Williams. Day In–Day Out, composed by Rube Bloom and published in 1939, has also been recorded by famous artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, and Frank Sinatra. Mercer’s lyrics invoke lush, poetic imagery of “the ocean’s roar” and “a thousand drums” to contrast the mundane routine suggested by the catch-phrase title.

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band concert program, 8 June 2017


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