Look up artist Mercer, Johnny


Name: Mercer, Johnny
Born: Nov 18, 1909 (Savannah, Georgia)
Died: June 25, 1975 (Los Angeles, CA)
Note: Born John Herndon/ See Gottlieb 243

Songs written or composed


Title: And The Angels Sing
Also known as: Freylekh In Swing
Author: Mercer, Johnny
Composer: Ellman, Ziggy
Genre: Swing/Pop
Subject: Love/Angels/Song/Music/Water/Moonlight
Song Comment: Adaption of "Der Shtiller Bulgar"
Origin: Sheetmusic 1210
Music: Sheetmusic 1210

Sheet music:


Folder: 1208
Series: 4
Arranger: Richard Gendelman
Arranged for: bB Key of D Major
Texts: Music only
Provenance: Gendelman Gift
Notes: Manuscript / also for the trumpet and clarinet in Bb

Folder: 1233
Series: 4
Arranged for: Voice/Piano
Texts: English
Publisher: Warner Brothers Publications, Inc
Publisher address: 75 Rockefeller Plaza, NY
Date: 1939
Provenance: Gendelman Gift
First line: We meet and the angels sing the sweetist song I ever heard,

Recordings:


On album: O-007(c) (Old World Folk Band In Concert)
Track ID: 18431
Artist: Old World Folk Band
Track comment: Recorded under "Ziggy's Freylekh (The Angels Sing Theme")
Style: Instrumental/Swing

On album: B-060(a) (Baltimore Klezmer Orchestra)
Track ID: 19614
Artist: Baltimore Klezmer Orch
Director Bussey, Aaron
First line: We meet, and the angels sing, the angels sing the sweetest..
Audio: Freedman Sound Archives at Penn Libraries (temporarily unavailable)
Track comment: With Der Shtiler Bulgar (Instr) Bregman/Vocco Cahn credited as "Composer"
Language: English
Style: Swing

On album: G-055(a) (Radio Compilation by David Goldenberg 1930-1960)
Track ID: 20568
Artist: Ziggy Elman Orchestra
Conductor/Trumpet Ellman, Ziggy
Track comment: Recorded Dec 28, 1938
Style: Instrumental/Swing

On album: K-029(g) (The Klezmer Conservatory Band Thirteenth Anniversary Album)
Track ID: 21247
Arranger Guttman, James
Artist: Klezmer Conservatory Band
Conductor/Arranger Netsky, Hankus
Style: Instrumental/Swing

On album: F-013(h) (Giora Feidman To You -- גיורא פיידמן)
Track ID: 21309
Clarinet Fiedman, Giora, clarinet -- פיידמן, גיורא, קלרמית
Artist: Zorman, M.
Trumpet Ellman, Ziggy
Audio: Freedman Sound Archives at Penn Libraries (temporarily unavailable)
Track comment: Recorded under "Freylekh"
Style: Instrumental/Swing/Klezmer

On album: M-032(d) (Maxwell Street Klezmer Band You Should Be So Lucky)
Track ID: 24389
Vocal Fishman, Lisa
Artist: Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
Trumpet Braun, Ivo, trumpet
First line: We meet, and the angels sing, the angels sing the sweetest..
Track comment: Incorporates "Der Shtiller Bulgar"/ Bregman/Vocco/ Cahn credited as "Composer"
Language: English
Style: Swing/Klezmer

On album: U-004(a) (Uptown Klezmer Ashnelerando)
Track ID: 25352
Artist: Uptown Klezmer
Style: Instrumental/Swing/Klezmer

On album: K-084(a) (Bruce Kaminsky's Klezmer Jazz Ensemble/ And The Angels Swing/ DBK Jazz)
Track ID: 27065
Artist: Bruce Kaminsky's Klezmer Jazz Ensemble
Bass Kaminsky, Bruce
Trumpet/Flute Slotter, Stanley
Saxaphone Ulansey, Ken
Drums Klauber, Bruce
Piano Kleinman, Dan
Track comment: Phila Based Group
Style: Instrumental/Klezmer/Jazz/Modern

On album: F-045(a)2 (From Avenue A To The Great White Way/ Yiddish & American Popular Songs/ Disk 2)
Track ID: 28549
Vocal/Conductor Bailey, Mildred
Artist: Mildred Bailey Orchestra
Trumpet Shavers, Charlie
Clarinet Bailey, Buster
Alto Saxaphone Procope, Russell
Piano Kyle, Billy
String Bass Kirby, John
Drums O'Neill, Spencer
First line: We meet, and the angels sing, the angeles sing the sweetest song I ever heard
Track comment: Originally recorded Apr 24, 1939, Vocalion 4815
Language: English
Style: Swing

On album: K-035(d)1
Track ID: 32871
Artist: Original Klezmer Jazz Band
Arranger/Piano/Musical Direction Sokolow, Pete -- סוקולוב, פּסח
Banjo/Guitar Sapoznik, Henry -- סאַפּאָזניק, הענעך
Trumpet Gross, Ken
Clarinet/Alto Sax Chernet, Joel
Bass Abruzzo, Tom
Style: Klezmer/Instrumental/Swing
Length: 4:38

On album: G-126(a) (Jim Guttumann / Bessarabian Breakdown)
Track ID: 40660
Artist: Bailey, Art
Artist: Smith, Grant
Artist: Guttmann, Jim

On album: V0445 (Drexel Mediterranean Ensemble: Bruce Kaminsky, conductor (Video))
Track ID: 42304
Vocal DeLuca, Rosina
Keyboard Posmontier, Dave
Clarinet Ulancy, Ken
Artist: Mediterranean Ensemble
Conductor Kaminsky, Bruce
First line: You smile, and the angels sing, the angeles sing the sweetest song I ever heard
Language: English
Style: Swing/Klezmer/Pop
Length: 4:42

On album: M-034(a) (The Mazeltones ODESSA, Washington)
Track ID: 1296
Artist: Mazeltones
Vocal Marcus, Wendy
First line: We meet, and the angels sing, the angels sing the sweetest..
Audio: Freedman Sound Archives at Penn Libraries (temporarily unavailable)
Track comment: Interpolated with "Der Shtiler Bulgar".
Language: English
Style: Swing

On album: B-002(c) (Jan Bart Sings Yinglish)
Track ID: 1297
Vocal/English Adaptation Bart, Jan
Clarinet Tarras, Dave -- טאַראַס, דײװ
Conductor/Arranger Gunther, William
First line: We meet, and the angels sing, the angels sing the sweetest..
Audio: Freedman Sound Archives at Penn Libraries (temporarily unavailable)
Track comment: Bregman/ Cocco/ Cahn credited as "Composer"
Language: English
Style: Swing

On album: G-013(d)5 (Song of the Golden Land Lectures 09 and 10)
Track ID: 1298
Artist: Goodman, Benny Orchestra
Trumpet Ellman, Ziggy
Vocal Tilton, Martha
First line: You smiled, and the angels sing, and though its just a...
Audio: Freedman Sound Archives at Penn Libraries (temporarily unavailable)
Track comment: Lecture 10, Song of the Golden Land, Simkhas
Language: English
Style: Swing

On album: S-068(a) (Shirim Klezmer Orchestra ...of angels and horseradish)
Track ID: 1299
Artist: Shirim Klezmer Orchestra
Artist Gerut, Rosalie & Betty Silberman
First line: We meet, and the angels sing, the angels sing the sweetest..
Language: English
Style: Swing

On album: O-007(a) (The Old World Folk Band II Dancing In The Aisles -- קלעזמער)
Track ID: 1300
Vocal Leviton, Susan
Artist: Old World Folk Band
Audio: Freedman Sound Archives at Penn Libraries (temporarily unavailable)
Language: English
Style: Swing

On album: B-008(a) (Music Of A People Stanley Black Conducting London Festival Orchestra & Chorous)
Track ID: 1301
Artist London Festival Orch & Chorus
Conductor Black, Stanley
First line: We meet, and the angels sing, the angels sing the sweetest..
Audio: Freedman Sound Archives at Penn Libraries (temporarily unavailable)
Style: Instrumental/Swing

On album: S-047(a) (Shalom Music of the Jewish People)
Track ID: 1303
Artist: Ziggy Elman Orchestra
Vocal Tilton, Martha
Conductor/Trumpet Ellman, Ziggy
Track comment: Also known as "Freilch In Swing" (Based on "Shtiler Bulgar")
Style: Instrumental/Swing

On album: F-013(f) (Giora Feidman The Magic Of The Klezmer)
Track ID: 1304
Artist Feidman, G., Clarinet & Ensemble -- פיידמן, גיורא, קלאַרנעט מיט אַנסאַמבל
Track comment: Melodies Rhapsody In Blue/ Ain't Necessarily So/ Summertime
Style: Instrumental

On album: K-035(a) (The Original Klezmer Jazz Band)
Track ID: 5386
Trombone Bragin, Ted
Drums Salzberg, Si
Artist: Original Klezmer Jazz Band
Arranger/Piano/Musical Direction Sokolow, Pete -- סוקולוב, פּסח
Banjo/Guitar Sapoznik, Henry -- סאַפּאָזניק, הענעך
Trumpet Gross, Ken
Clarinet/Alto Sax Chernet, Joel
Bass Abruzzo, Tom
Artist: Original Klezmer Jazz Band
Style: Klezmer/Instrumental/Swing
Length: 4:38

Title: I'm An Old Cowhand (Parody)
Composer: Mercer, Johnny
Genre: Comedy/Parody/Humorous/Dialect

Recording:


On album: K-022(c) (Mickey Katz Greatest Hits (Orig "Comin Round the Katzkills"))
Track ID: 7014
Vocal/Orchestra Leader Katz, Mickey
Artist: Mickey Katz Orchestra
First line: Hi, Ho, Shemdrick! I'm an old cow hand, from Orchard and...

Title: Old Black Smidgick (Parody)
Composer: Mercer, Johnny
Genre: Novelty/Parody/Humorous/Dialect

Recording:


On album: K-022(c) (Mickey Katz Greatest Hits (Orig "Comin Round the Katzkills"))
Track ID: 11424
Vocal/Orchestra Leader Katz, Mickey
Artist: Mickey Katz Orchestra
First line: Oy, dat old black smidgick has me in its spell,
Language: Yinglish

Title: Come Rain Or Come Shine
Author: Arlen, Harold
Composer: Mercer, Johnny
Genre: Film Soundtrack/Love
Subject: Love/Passion/Fish/Birds
Additional song notes: From the film St. Louis Woman. See Gottlieb 167 for relationships between Shir Hashirim 01:01, Come Rain Or Come Shine and Tsvey Brive Tsum Liader Rebn

Recording:


On album: G-057(c) (Funny It Doesn't Sound Jewish/ Compilation by Jack Gottlieb accompaning book with same title.)
Track ID: 36385
Vocal Horn, Lena
First line: Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, can't help lovin that man of mine,
Language: English
Style: Pop/Concert/Torch Song
Length: 1:33

Title: Satin Doll
Author: Ellington, Duke
Author: Mercer, Johnny

Recording:


On album: G-020(A) (Michael Garin / The Song of the Alpha Male)
Track ID: 35301
Vocal Garin, Michael
Language: English
Length: 2:47

Other tracks with this artist


Title: Lullabye (Eng, Mercer)
On album: B-069(a) (Phyllis Berk Takes Yiddish Song Mainstream Coming of Age)
Track ID: 23614
Author Mercer, Johnny
Composer Arlen, Harold
Artist Berk, Phyllis
First line: It seems like yesterday, I heard the grown up laughter,
Audio: Freedman Sound Archives at Penn Libraries (temporarily unavailable)
Track comment: Introduced by "Nor A Mame"

Title: Skylark (Eng)
On album: N-018(a) (Nicole Neiman From Europe With Love)
Track ID: 21388
Author Carmichael, Hogie
Composer Mercer, Johnny
Artist Neiman, Nicole
Piano/Musical Director Ross, Brad
First line: Skylark, have you anything to say to me, won't you tell me..
Audio: Freedman Sound Archives at Penn Libraries (temporarily unavailable)

Contact: yidsong@pobox.upenn.edu