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This Day in Georgia History

June 25, 1976

Johnny Mercer Died

Savannah-born Johnny Mercer, widely recognized as one of America’s top songwriters ever, died at age 66. Winner of 4 Academy Awards, Mercer had 702 songs published and 13 number one songs. Among his best-remembered lyrics were those for “Moon River,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Charade,” “That Old Black Magic,” “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby,” “Autumn Leaves,” and “Jeepers Creepers.” For more information on Mercer, see the Nov. 18, 1909, entry.

To view an image of Johnny Mercer, see the Digital Library of Georgia.