A Guide to the Audio Collection at Georgia State University
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January 15, 2008
EAD version 2002 finding aid created in
XMetaL 4.5 by William Hardesty,
January 15, 2008.
Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976
Johnny Mercer "Mike"
1.25 linear ft. (in
The collection consists
of three compact discs made from audiotapes and a phonograph record. The
recordings (circa 1967) feature Johnny Mercer vocals, accompanied by a piano or
small combo, for 19 songs he composed for the unproduced musical "Mike," a
musical comedy for the stage based on Mickey Spillane's hard-boiled detective
Scope and Content of the Records
The collection consists of three compact discs made from audiotapes
and phonograph records dating from approximately 1967. The recordings feature
Johnny Mercer vocals, accompanied by a piano or small combo, for 19 songs he
composed for the unproduced musical "Mike."
The recordings available to researchers are listening copies of the
originals that have been treated for noise reduction.
Historical Note about Johnny Mercer's "Mike"
Charles Tannen, actor and screenwriter, conceived of a musical comedy
for the stage based on Mickey Spillane's hard-boiled detective Mike Hammer. He
wrote a script with Tay Garnett and engaged lyricist Johnny Mercer to write
songs for the play. "Mike" was never produced, and most any of the 19 songs
Mercer composed for it went unpublished (exceptions being "I Wanna Be In Love
Again," "The Medium," and "Star Sounds").
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the
Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring
materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog
using these headings.
Tannen, Charles, 1915-1980
Hammer, Mike (Fictitious
Restrictions on Access
Use copies available for research. Access to originals (phonodiscs and
magnetic tape) and digital masters restricted.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
This material is not available for duplication.
[item], [Folder title], Johnny Mercer "Mike" Audio Collection, M210,
Popular Music Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State
Donated by Tracy Tannen, 2007.
Processed by William Hardesty, 2008.
Related materials in this repository:
Johnny Mercer Papers, Popular Music Collection (M001) include song
lyrics and scripts for "Mike."
Another tape, containing recordings of private telephone
conversations, arrived with the collection. It was removed.