Richard A. Whiting collection, 1896-2006.
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Johnny Mercer (1910-1976) was born John H. Mercer in Savannah, Georgia, the son of George Anderson Mercer. He was educated in Savannah public schools and at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He worked with his father in the real estate loan business before heading to New York in 1929 with the Savannah Town Theater group for a National Little Theater contest. He remained in New York to try for a stage career. He became a well-known lyricist and moved to California, where he produced many hit s...
Margaret Whiting (born 22 July 1924 in Detroit, Michigan), the daughter of songwriter Richard Whiting (1891-1938), was one of the first artists to be engaged by Capitol Records, where she began recording in 1942. Johnny Mercer played a major role in the development of her career as a singer. In the early 1940s her hits included "That Old Black Magic" (with Freddie Slack), "Moonlight in Vermont" (with Billy Butterfield), and "It Might As Well Be Spring" (with Paul Weston). Between 1946 and 1954 W...
Richard A. Whiting was a prominent music composer for Hollywood and Broadway productions from the 1920s-1930s. Born in 1891, Whiting married Eleanore Youngblood in 1923. The couple had two daughters, pop vocalist Margaret Whiting and singer/actress Barbara Whiting. Over his career on Broadway and in Hollywood, Whiting collaborated with many of the music industry's most celebrated lyricists including Gus Kahn, Ray Egan, Buddy DeSylva, Leo Robin, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Johnny Merce...