1909 - 1976
Johnny Mercer was an American lyricist, songwriter, and singer. He was also a record label executive who co-founded Capitol Records with music industry businessmen Buddy DeSylva and Glenn E. Wallichs. He is best known as a Tin Pan Alley lyricist; Mercer's lyrics were among the most successful hits of the time, including those for "Moon River," "Days of Wine and Roses," and "Autumn Leaves." He wrote the lyrics to more than 1,500 songs, including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. He received nineteen Oscar nominations, and won four Best Original Song Oscars.