Ella Fitzgerald records ‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book’ for Verve (1964)

‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book’ is a studio album recorded on October 19–21, 1964, with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and released the same year by Verve.

Track Listing : 1.Too Marvelous For Words (Johnny Mercer, Richard A. Whiting) – 02:31 . 2.Early Autumn (Johnny Mercer, Ralph Burns) – 03:51 . 3.Day In, Day Out (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom) – 02:49 . 4.Laura(Johnny Mercer, David Raksin) – 03:43 . 5.This Time The Dream’S On Me (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen) – 02:54 . 6.Skylark (Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael) – 03:12 . 7.Single-O (Johnny Mercer, Donald Kahn) – 03:19 . 8.Something’S Gotta Give (Johnny Mercer) – 02:33 . 9.Trav’Lin’ Light (Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Mundy, Trummy Young) – 03:47 . 10.Midnight Sun (Johnny Mercer, Francis J. Burke, Lionel Hampton) – 04:55 . 11.Dream (Johnny Mercer) – 02:58 . 12.I Remember You (Johnny Mercer, Victor Schertzinger) – 03:38 . 13.When A Woman Loves A Man (Johnny Mercer, Bernie Hanighen, Gordon Jenkins) – 03:51

Musicians : Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals . Nelson Riddle – Conductor . Paul Smith – Piano . Plas Johnson – Tenor Sax . Willie Smith – Alto Sax . Buddy Defranco – Clarinet . Frank Flynn – Vibes

Production : Produced By Norman Granz . Val Valentin – Engineer

Recorded On October 19–21, 1964 At Radio Recorders Studio 10-H, Hollywood.

Released In 1964 By Verve.


Along with her Rodgers and Hart collection, this is one of the best of Ella Fitzgerald‘s songbooks. Fitzgerald’s assured and elegant voice is a perfect match for Mercer’s urbane lyrics and Nelson Riddle’s supple arrangements. […]

James Gavin
Fitzgerald is all earth-mother serenity in “Early Autumn”, Mercer’s adaptation of a moody instrumental that Ralph Burns wrote for the Woody Herman orchestra. […]

blueberry @ RateYourMusic
Notably it is Ella’s only songbook to be concentrate on the work of a lyricist; the arrangements are by Nelson Riddle. But this fact surely don’t take away the pleasure listening to this album, because it is -Too Marvelous for Words-. […]


‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]


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