Johnny Mercer "Mike" audio collection

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Johnny Mercer's "Mike":

A Guide to the Audio Collection at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

January 15, 2008



Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by William Hardesty, January 15, 2008.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976
Title:Johnny Mercer "Mike" audio collection
Dates: circa 1967
Quantity: 1.25 linear ft. (in 3 boxes)
Abstract: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 Mike Hammer.
Identification: M210
LanguageEnglish.

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 "Mike" was never produced, and most any of the 19 songs Mercer composed for it went unpublished (exceptions being "I Wanna Be In Love Again," "The Medium," and "Star Sounds").


Index Terms

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.

Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976
Tannen, Charles, 1915-1980
Hammer, Mike (Fictitious character)
Musicals--United States--1960-1970
Private investigators--Drama
compact discs

Restrictions

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.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [Folder title], Johnny Mercer "Mike" Audio Collection, M210, Popular Music Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Tracy Tannen, 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by William Hardesty, 2008.


Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Johnny Mercer Papers, Popular Music Collection (M001) include song lyrics and scripts for "Mike."


Separated Material

Separated material:

Another tape, containing recordings of private telephone conversations, arrived with the collection. It was removed.


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