Happy 100th, Johnny Mercer

As a writer, I’ve always been a fan of the Great American Songbook. The lyrics are simply amazing: so beautifully worked, alternately passionate and playful, clever and crafted.

Johnny Mercer is among the most prolific and inspired of the contributors to this canon. On what would have been his 100th birthday yesterday, Terry Gross put together a great centennial tribute, including an in-studio concert, on her program, “Fresh Air.” Enjoy.

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