For Johnny's centennial, I decided to promote this blog on a few other forums. Here are some of the replies:
Hi Mark ~
I remember Clint Eastwood directed the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil which mentioned Mercer several times and used his tunes (by other artists)... I thought it was a good movie. I like Dr. John's version of "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive"!
[Note from Mark: Dr. John corrected the spelling to "Accentuate"!]
"Dream" is a wonderful song!!!!
The Man who just happened to write the lyrics [music by Rube Bloom] to my all-time favorite 45 rpm record: "Fools Rush In" by Rick Nelson feat. James Burton.
The songs he wrote with Harold Arlen are some of my all-time favorite "standards". Timeless, outstanding songs. Here's to you, Johnny.
You should come down to Savannah, Ga. We're celebrating.
Love his house! (as featured in the Eastwood adaptation of "Midnight In The Garden Of Good & Evil".