Composer Tributes

Tributes to Paul Anka, Harold Arlen, Count Basie, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Irving Berlin, Les Brown, Johnny Burke, Sammy Cahn, Cy Coleman, Vernon Duke, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Lorenz Hart, Bart Howard, Gordon Jenkins, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jerome Kern, Michel LeGrand, Carolyn Leigh, Alan Lerner, Frank Loesser, Heinz Meier, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Jacques Revaux, Nelson Riddle, Richard Rogers, Billy Rose, Charles Singleton, Stephen Sondheim, Lew Spence, Alex Stordahl, Jules Styne, Karl Suessdorf, Gilles Thibault, Jimmy Van Heusen, Stephen Weiss, Richard Whiting, Victor Young and many more. 

Johnny Mercer 


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From the light-hearted "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" and "Jeepers Creepers" to the romantic "Laura," "Dream" and "I Remember You"...from the big band "And The Angels Sing" to the dramatic "Blues In The Night," "Come Rain Or Come Shine" and "One For My Baby"...from the sassy "Satin Doll" and "Tangerine" to the cinematic "Hooray for Hollywood" and "On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe"...not to mention the timeless standards of "That Old Black Magic," "Glow Worm," "Days Of Wine And Roses," and "Moon River." These songs, with their wide range of musical styles, have been heard by millions of people all over the world on recordings, radio, films, television programs and Broadway shows over the past century.

This is Johnny Mercer's legacy.

Throughout his acclaimed career, Johnny:

  • Wrote over 1,400 songs
  • Wrote songs for 100 motion pictures.
  • Won four "Best Song" Academy Awards and was nominated 18 times.
  • Wrote 23 theatrical productions, including St. Louis Woman and Li'l Abner.
  • Was a top radio personality and recording artist.
  • Was the co-founder and President of Capitol Records.
  • Nurtured the talent of artists like Margaret Whiting, Jo Stafford, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, and Nat "King" Cole.
  • Established the Songwriters Hall of Fame with Abe Olman and Howie Richmond.

The Special Collections Department at the Georgia State University Library maintains a database of over 1,400 published and unpublished songs with lyrics and/or music by Johnny Mercer. Researchers and fans alike can easily search by title, keyword, date, lyricist and composer. There is even an option to browse the shows or movies that have featured Johnny's music.



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Jimmy Van Heusen was inarguably one of the most accomplished songwriters in history. Claiming four "Oscars" and one Emmy award among his credits he also wrote more songs (85) recorded by Frank Sinatra, his long time friend, than any other composer. He also composed the songs for another good friend, Bing Crosby for six of the seven Crosby/Hope Road pictures. In spite of such accolades he personally felt one of his biggest honors was being elected by his peers as one of the original inductees to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971. Most of his songs were written with two lyricist partners Johnny Burke (1940 to 1953) and then Sammy Cahn.

Jimmy Van Heusen was nominated 14 times for Academy Awards. Of those 14 nominations he won 4 times. He was also nominated for an Emmy and won. He was also nominated for a Grammy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and two Tony awards.

These are considered some of the top songs that Jimmy Van Heusen composed out of his 1,000 plus compositions.

Jimmy Van Heusen Top Songs

Ain't That A Kick In The Head?
All My Tommorow's
All The Way
All This and Heaven Too
Aren't You Glad You're You
But Beautiful
Call Me Irresponsible
Come Fly With Me
Darn That Dream
Deep In A Dream
Ev'rybody Has The Right To Be Wrong
Going My Way
Heaven Can Wait
Here's That Rainy Day
High Hopes
I Could Of Told You
I Thought About You
I'll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her
It Could Happen To You
It's Always You
It's The Dreamer In Me
Like Someone In Love
Love and Marriage
Love Is The Tender Trap
Moonlight Becomes You
My Kind Of Town
Not As A Stranger
Oh! You Crazy Moon
Only The Lonely
Pocketful Of Miracles
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Shake Down The Stars
Sleigh Ride In July
So Help Me
Sunday, Monday or Always
Swinging On A Star
The Last Dance
The Second Time Around
The September Of My Years
To Love and Be Loved
Where Love Has Gone