Historic Markers Across Georgia

John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer

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Location: Ellis Square south of West Bryan Street, Savannah, GA
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 4.835    W 081° 5.635
  32.08058333    -81.09391666
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer

Savannah native, Johnny Mercer, was a lyricist, composer, performer, collaborator, businessman, philanthropist, and mentor. He penned nearly 1,400 songs, with the most famous being "Moon River."

He was the co-founder of Capitol Records, Inc. and founding President of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was also nominated for 18 Academy Awards® for Best Song, winning four Oscars®. His lyrics are significant contributions to the Great American Songbook.