Golden Age Songwriter Johnny Mercer

Johnny Mercer. Photo courtesy

Thanks to the Mercer archive at Georgia State University, Johnny Mercer is heard in clips from a rare interview recorded in 1970, with his old friend, radio host Willis Conover.   Mercer talks about his favorite songwriters, what inspired hit songs like “Jeeper Creepers” and “Lazy Bones,” and what being a ‘Southerner’ means to him.

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