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UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
By United Press International

MLB: Pittsburgh 3, Cincinnati 2

CINCINNATI, July 21 (UPI) -- Jeff Locke yielded only one hit over six innings and Johnny Mercer delivered the go-ahead blow Sunday in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 3-2 win over Cincinnati.

MLB: Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 4

CINCINNATI, July 20 (UPI) -- Brandon Phillips and Zack Cozart each had two hits and drove in a run during big first inning Saturday that carried Cincinnati over Pittsburgh 5-4.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.
By United Press International

Singer Margaret Whiting dies at 86

ENGLEWOOD, N.J., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Margaret Whiting, whose singing career spanned six decades and turned out a dozen gold records, has died in New Jersey, her daughter said. She was 86.
TCM to air Johnny Mercer special

TCM to air Johnny Mercer special

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Turner Classic Movies has announced plans to mark the 100th anniversary of Johnny Mercer's birth by airing a documentary about the late U.S. singer-songwriter.

Singer Jo Stafford dead at 90

LOS ANGELES, July 18 (UPI) -- Famed pop singer Jo Stafford has died of congestive heart failure in her Century City, Calif., home, her family said. She was 90.
Hall of Fame to honor 'Take Me Out'

Hall of Fame to honor 'Take Me Out'

NEW YORK, May 27 (UPI) -- "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is to be honored with the Towering Song Award at the upcoming 2008 Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York, organizers said.
Paul Anka to get Mercer award

Paul Anka to get Mercer award

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- U.S. entertainer Paul Anka has been chosen to receive the Johnny Mercer Award at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame 2008 Awards dinner in New York.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007.
By United Press International

Music man Don Kirshner to be honored

NEW YORK, May 2 (UPI) -- Don Kirshner, whose rock concert series is considered a predecessor to MTV, will receive a lifetime achievement award from the U.S. Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Parton tabbed for Mercer award

NEW YORK, April 3 (UPI) -- Country singer Dolly Parton on Tuesday was selected the 2007 recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award for her career-long body of songwriting work.

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UPI almanac for Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006.
By United Press International

Broadway show 'Seven Brides' in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," the Broadway musical and also an MGM film, is set to play in The Muny in St. Louis, the nation's largest outdoor theater.
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Johnny Mercer
Smokey Robinson who received the "Johnny Mercer Award" poses at the 36th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Award ceremonies held on June 9, 2005 in New York. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer (November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) was an American lyricist, songwriter and singer. He is best known as a lyricist, but he also composed music. He was also a popular singer who recorded his own songs as well as those written by others. From the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most popular hits of the time. He wrote the lyrics to more than fifteen hundred songs, including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. He received nineteen Academy Award nominations, and won four. Mercer was also a co-founder of Capitol Records.

Mercer was born in Savannah, Georgia. His father, George Anderson Mercer, was a prominent attorney and real estate developer, and his mother, Lillian Elizabeth (née Ciucevich), George Mercer’s secretary and then second wife, was the daughter of Croatian-Irish immigrants who came to America in the 1850s. Lillian's father was a merchant seaman who ran the Union blockade during the U.S. Civil War. Mercer was George's fourth son, first by Lillian. His great-grandfather was Confederate General Hugh Weedon Mercer and he was a direct descendant of American Revolutionary War General Hugh Mercer, a Scottish soldier-physician who died at the Battle of Princeton. Mercer was also a distant cousin of General George S. Patton. The Mercer House in Savannah was built by General Hugh Weedon Mercer in 1860, later the home of Jim Williams, whose trial for murder was the centerpiece of John Berendt's book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, although neither the General nor Johnny ever lived there.

Mercer liked music as a small child and attributed his musical talent to his mother, who would sing sentimental ballads. Mercer's father also sang, mostly old Scottish songs. His aunt told him he was humming music when he was six months old and later she took him to see minstrel and vaudeville shows where he heard “coon songs” and ragtime. The family’s summer home “Vernon View” was on the tidal waters and Mercer’s long summers there among mossy trees, saltwater marshes, and soft, starry nights inspired him years later.

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