Music: Mercerized Music

"Every time I shave I cut my Adam's apple." This plaintive observation burst one day from Johnny Mercer, a nondescript, drawling Southerner who had been hanging onto the fringes of Broadway at the tail end of the gin & depression era. From force of habit, Johnny Mercer made a song out of it. The song made a hit.

For years Johnny Mercer had been making songs out of bits of casual conversation. People who heard them just couldn't help singing them, they sounded so natural. Eddie Cantor, who ordered a batch of extra choruses...

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