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Scholar and author Philip Furia drew upon the private papers and unpublished autobiography of Johnny Mercer as well as exhaustive interviews with his family, friends and colleagues to uncover the lyricistís complex personality, including its dark side.
Mercer is credited with writing the words to more jazz standards than any other lyricist. At the peak of his career he had a song in the Top Ten every week of the year. In Skylark Furia discusses the lyricistís life and times and analyzes many of his lyrics. The Index includes people, songs, and shows. There is also a list of books and essays on Mercer.
Philip Furia is the author of Irving Berlin: A Life in Song, Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist, and The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: A History of Americaís Great Lyricists. He is also Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina.
The JazzStandards.com bookstore provides you with
a catalog of 200 books associated with the jazz standards.
Organized by category, each entry has an editorial comment to aid
you in your research and guide you in your recreational reading.
The books used to research and develop JazzStandards.com are
listed at the right and the listing may be considered the site bibliography.
The primary focus of these books is not always the jazz standards
per se, so each entry is annotated indicating the book's relevance
to the subject. If there is a book you feel we have overlooked,
please let us know the title and how it supports the research or
recreational study of the jazz standards.