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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge November 6, 2019

On this week’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show we celebrated the life and work of Johnny Mercer, who wrote words and music to a multifarious multitude of songs we continue to enjoy to this day.

Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge show is broadcast every Wednesday, 5-6 pm Eastern Standard Time (2-3 pm on the West Coast and 10-11 GMT in Europe) at http://www.radiofairfax.org. Radio Fairfax also can be heard on Tune In Radio at tunein.com, and streamed on smartphones by downloading the Tunein app. It also can be streamed on Roku and Google TV at: http://tinyurl.com/3uqfsz9

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  1. “The Glow Worm” was composed by the German composer Paul Lincke for the 1902 operetta: Lysistrata. The earliest English lyrics were written by Lilla Cayley Robinson for the 1907 Broadway musical: The Girl Behind the Counter, which were later expanded and revised by Johnny Mercer for the 1953 recording by the Mills Brothers, which was subsequently butchered by Spike Jones & His City Slickers that appears on their bulging box set: Strictly for Music Lovers.

  2. “Too Marvelous for Words” was inked by Johnny Mercer and Richard Whiting for the 1937 movie: Ready, Willing and Able, where it was sung by Bing Crosby with Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra, and can be found on his righteous retrospective: Easy to Remember.

  3. “He Should'a Flipp'd When He Flopp'd” was composed by Mercer Ellington with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, who sang it in 1946 with Trumpeter Cootie Williams and his Orchestra in a version taken from the copacetic collection: Jump Jive & Wail.

  4. “Autumn Leaves” was written by French composers Jacques Prevert and Joseph Kosma with English lyrics by Johnny Mercer, sung by Ethel Azama on her 1958 visionary album: Exotic Dreams, backed by a small combo arranged by Pianist Paul Conrad.

  5. “The Old Music Master,” with words by Mercer and music by Hoagy Carmichael, is vocalized and rendered on the celeste in 1942 and appears on the track gathering: Hoagy Sings Carmichael.

  6. “If You Were Mine” features music by Matt Malneck and words by Johnny, and appears on the unique 1956 LP by the singer Frankie Laine and Buck Clayton & His Orchestra called: Jazz Spectacular, featuring Buck Clayton on Trumpet; Sir Charles Thompson on Piano; Budd Johnson and Nick Nicholas on Tenor Sax; Hilton Jefferson on Alto Sax; Dave McRae on Baritone Sax; J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding and Dickie Wells in Trombones; Milt Hinton on Bass; Clifton Best on Guitar and Jo Jones on Drums.

  7. “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe” composed by Harry Warren with words by Mercer, came from the 1946 movie: The Harvey Girls, where Academy Award winning song was introduced to the waiting world by Judy Garland, found on the historical anthology: Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals.

  8. “I Remember You,” written by Victor Schertzinger with words by Johnny for the 1942 movie: The Fleet’s In, was sung by Doris Day on her 1956 admirable album: Day by Day.

  9. “Jeepers Creepers,” with music by Harry Warren and words by Mercer, originally appeared in the 1938 Ronald Reagan movie: Going Places and was vocally rendered for us by Great Britain’s great Puppini Sisters on their scinillatious CD: Betcha Bottom Dollar.

  10. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)” was composed in 1940 by Rube Bloom with lyrics by Mercer and was laid down in 1966 by Johnny Hartman on his labial LP: Unforgettable, with Mike Melvoin on Piano, Dennis Budimer on Electric Guitar, Jimmy Bond on Bass and Stan Levey on Drums

  11. “Let's Take the Long Way Home” was put together by Mercer and Harold Arlen for the 1944 movie: Here Come the Waves, and was waxed by the singer Chris Connor on her 1986 concomitant compact disc appropriately titled: Classic, with Paquito D’Rivera on Alto Sax; Claudio Roditi on Trumpet; Richard Rodney Bennett on Piano, Rufus Reid on Bass and Akria Tana on Drums.

  12. “When the World Was Young” features music by the French composer M. Philippe Gerard with Mercer’s words and was sung by Joy Bryan on her 1957 elemental album: Joy Bryan Sings, with the arranger and pianist Marty Paich’s Septet, including Jack Sheldon on Trumpet, Bob Enevoldsen on Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Trombone, Herb Geller on and Ronny Lang on reeds, Red Mitchell on Bass and Mel Lewis on Drums.

  13. Johnny Mercer wrote both the words and music for “Something's Gotta Give,” which appeared in the 1955 Fred Astaire movie Daddy Log Legs and was nominated for an Academy Award. This version comes from the copious collection: Yes, I Can! The Sammy Davis Jr. Story.

  14. Harold Arlen and Mercer wrote “Come Rain or Come Shine” for the 1946 Broadway musical: St. Louis Woman and this version comes from 1960 ardent album: Tony Bennett Sings a String of Harold Arlen, arranged and conducted by Glenn Osser.

  15. “Day in, Day Out” was written by Rube Bloom and Johnny Mercer in 1939 and appears on the singer Mark Murphy’s 1959 loquacious LP: This Could Be the Start of Something Big, with arranger Bill Holman on Tenor Sax, Pete and Conte Candoli on Trumpets, Jimmy Rowles on Piano, Bob Gibbons on Electric Guitar, Joe Mondragon on Bass and Mel Lewis on Drums.

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