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Alfred Celebrates the Life of Johnny Mercer with Centennial Sheet Music Collection

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Friday, March 04, 2011

Alfred Music Publishing, the official print music publisher of thousands of popular songwriters, releases the officially-licensed commemorative edition of The The Johnny Mercer Centennial Sheet Music Collection, arranged for piano, voice, and guitar.

The Johnny Mercer Centennial Sheet Music Collection contains 46 classic tunes spanning the illustrious career of one of America’s most beloved and successful songwriters in popular music history. The collection features 46 Mercer-penned favorites, including “Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Moon River,” and many more..

Also included are commentaries of every tune—adorned with production stills and rare photos—that capture candid moments of Mercer collaborating with legendary composers Harold Arlen, Richard Whiting, and Henry Mancini. A sure collector item, this must-have songbook is perfect for popular music enthusiasts and fans of everybody’s Huckleberry Friend.

Lauded as “America’s folk poet of Tin Pan Alley,” Johnny Mercer’s songs veer from the typical subject matter of the time, projecting his personal voice that celebrates his upbringing in Savannah, Georgia—a lazy, romantic view of an idealized life in the old South. Mercer’s career lasted more than 40 years, during which he produced countless classics for radio, motion pictures, Broadway, and cabaret, and was the co-founder of Capitol Records in Hollywood, the first major record company outside of New York City.

As part of Alfred’s ongoing commitment to improving our environment, this songbook is printed on recycled paper stock.

The Johnny Mercer Centennial Sheet Music Collection (00-36571) is now available for $19.99 at music retail stores and at

Titles: Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive * And the Angels Sing * Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home * Autumn Leaves * Bless Yore Beautiful Hide * Blues in the Night * Charade * Come Rain or Come Shine * Day In—Day Out * Days of Wine and Roses * Dream * Drinking Again * Emily * Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread) * G.I. Jive * The Glow-Worm * Goody-Goody * Hooray for Hollywood * I Thought About You * I Wanna Be Around * If I Had My Druthers * I'm an Old Cowhand (from the Rio Grande) * I'm Old Fashioned * In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening * Jeepers Creepers * Laura * Lazybones * Legalize My Name * Moon River * My Shining Hour * Namely You * On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe * One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) * Satan's Li'l Lamb * Satin Doll * Skylark * Something's Gotta Give * Strip Polka * Summer Wind * The Sweetheart Tree * That Old Black Magic * Too Marvelous for Words * Two of a Kind * When the World Was Young * You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby * You Were Never Lovelier.