Mostly Mercer [Harbinger]

Mostly Mercer [Harbinger]


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This various-artists collection of specially recorded songs in small-band arrangements does not pretend to feature Johnny Mercer's best or best-known songs, instead combining the well-known ("You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," "Blues in the Night") with many interesting obscurities. Nor, as the title indicates, is the album given over entirely to Mercer. There are two ringers, both debut recordings: "Ask Me Again," a George and Ira Gershwin song discovered by Michael Feinstein, who accompanies Rosemary Clooney in performing it, and "Time You Old Gypsy Man," lyricist E.Y. Harburg's final song. Other performers include Eydie Gormé, Jennifer Holliday, and Anita O'Day. Highlights include "I Wonder What Became of Me" from the musical St. Louis Woman by Henrietta Valor, "Out of This World" by Judy Garland-imitator Jim Bailey, and the comic "I Fought Every Step of the Way" by Laura Kenyon, Armelia McQueen, and Mary Gordon Murray.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2001
Label: Harbinger
UPC: 0632433180723
catalogNumber: 1807
Rank: 249900

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosemary Clooney   Track Performer
Eydie Gorme   Vocals
Jennifer Holliday   Track Performer
Michel Camilo   Piano
Bob Cooper   Saxophone
Kaye Ballard   Track Performer
Peter Matz   Piano,Conductor
Mimi Hines   Track Performer
Anita O'Day   Track Performer
Jim Bailey   Track Performer
Phil Ford   Clarinet
Marilyn Cooper   Vocals
Henrietta Valor   Track Performer
Mary Gordon Murray   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Michael McDonald   Engineer
Ken Bloom   Reissue Producer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Tom "Bones" Malone   Arranger
Gordon Brisker   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Collaboration
Peter Matz   Arranger
Ron Feuer   Arranger
Jerome Kern   Composer
Nancy LaMott   Duet
James Bailey   Engineer
Sonny Burke   Composer
Don Costa   Arranger
Jeremy Harris   Engineer
Russ Kassoff   Arranger,Musical Director
Johnny Mercer   Composer
John Oddo   Arranger,Musical Director
Marc Shaiman   Arranger
Billy Straus   Engineer
Hill Swimmer   Engineer
Kenny Werner   Arranger
Robby Merkin   Arranger
LuAnn Graffeo   Art Direction
Jesse Plumley   Engineer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Francesco Fiore   Producer
Danny Hurd   Arranger
Bob Mackie   Cover Art
Frank Fiore   Producer
Francesco Migliacci   Composer

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