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Johnny Mercer (November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) 

American lyricist, songwriter and singer. He was also a record label executive, who co-founded Capitol Records with music industry businessman Buddy DeSylva and Glenn E. Wallichs.

He is best known as a tin pan alley 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 Best Original Song Oscars. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Various sheet music covers of songs by Johnny Mercer.

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♫ “Coffee in the Morning” sung by Constance Bennett and The Goldwyn Girls (including Lucille Ball and Barbara Pepper) in Moulin Rouge (1934)

This song is super catchy, unfortunately it’s also super sexist (with lyrics like “it’s my desire to do as I am told"). It was originally a song about a one night stand but the Hayes code intervened and it became a song about a marriage proposal. However it does contain a sex joke at the end.