Kicking off three hours devoted to American lyricist Johnny Mercer (1909-76), Clarke Peters explores the links between Mercer's work and his Georgia upbringing. Discussing the man behind Lazy Bones (1933), Jeepers Creepers (1938), Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive (1944), Come Rain or Come Shine (1946) and Moon River (1961) are lyricist Alan Bergman , and Mercer's daughter and niece. Plus archive interviews with Mercer, Bing Crosby and Henry Mancini. Producer Emma Kingsley
Larry Blank conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra in a live event devoted to Johnny Mercer with Sally Ann Triplett, Ruthie Henshall, Nigel Harman and Curtis Stigers. And at 8.15-8.30 Richard Rodney Bennett celebrates Mercer's singing.
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